1987 BMW Alpina B7
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To Be OFFERED AT AUCTION WITHOUT RESERVE at RM Sothebys Miami event, 10 December 2022.
Offered Without Reserve $80,000 - $120,000 USD

  • Offered from The Youngtimer Collection
  • One of only 20 examples produced with the B7/3 engine featuring a catalytic converter
  • Finished in Diamond Black Metallic over a custom and extravagant Lipstick Red leather interior
  • Powered by a 324-hp 3.5-liter inline six-cylinder engine paired with a five-speed manual transmission
  • Well-documented with Alpina order form, delivery certificate, and service booklet

First launched in 1978, the B7 Turbo Coup/1 was Alpinas first full conversion for the BMW 6 Series platform and featured a 300-brake-horsepower turbocharged variant of BMWs inline six-cylinder engine sourced from the 630 CS, chassis code E24. Additional improvements included an upgraded Bilstein suspension, ventilated brake discs, a body kit, and signature Alpina multi-spoke wheels.

While Alpina built 130 B7 Turbo Coups upon BMWs E24 6 Series chassis, just 20 of those were equipped with catalytic converters and designated the B7 Turbo Coup/1 Katalysator. These cars produce only 324 horsepower, compared to the 334-horsepower output of their non-catalyzed B7/1 siblings. However, this exclusive 3.5-liter straight six-cylinder configuration offers a different driving experience entirely by generating more torque at lower engine speeds: 383 pound-feet at 2,400 rpm as opposed to 377 pound-feet at 3,000 rpm. Furthermore, this models engine boasts a slightly lower compression ratio of 7.45:1 instead of 8.0:1. While normally slightly less power would make a model less desirable, these are very highly sought after in Alpina circles due to their rarity and lower-end grunt, making for more tractable performance.

Alpina documentation shows that this exquisite B7/1 was ordered by a prominent tax attorney from Zurich, Switzerland on 3 April 1987 via Max Heidegger AG, Alpinas sole distributor to Liechtenstein and Switzerland. Originally specified in the subtle color combination of Diamond Black over Beige Pearl leather, it was further outfitted with air conditioning, an electric sunroof, a five-speed manual transmission, 25-percent locking differential, divers-side airbag, and Recaro seats. The car was completely converted by 27 April, and shortly thereafter shipped by Alpina to Heideggers premises in Triesen, Liechtenstein.

Having been registered in Switzerland by its first recorded owner on 24 August 1987, entries in its accompanying service booklet testify to a life well-lived, full of regular maintenance appointments and consistent enjoyment through April 1992.

At some point early in its Swiss residency, the cars interior was retrimmed in its present red leather and fitted with sport seats. The car rides on Alpina multi-spoke wheels and has been outfitted with a Sony CDX-J10 CD player with a trunk-mounted disc changer.

This fantastic Alpina B7 Turbo Coupe/1 is a fine illustration of what Alpina has subsequently become famous for: blistering performance married to elegant, understated looks. A gentlemans supercar perfect for high-speed touring across Europe, this is a highly compelling alternative for someone looking for 6-Series looks and the performance of something more special than BMWs usual offerings.
To view this car and others currently consigned to this auction, please visit the RM website at rmsothebys.com/en/auctions/mi22.

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