The BMW E39 was introduced in 1995 and was the fourth generation 5-Series following inline after its predecessor the E34. The E39’s design cues were revolutionary at the time of introduction for the 5-Series, stepping away from the traditional four headlights and boxy shape, in favour of enclosed headlights, more refined lines with soft curves and a timeless design. There were two forms of the E39 5-Series, in saloon and touring, with BMW’s finest engines available to this chassis from its signature straight-six and V8 layouts.
Alpina, an aftermarket tuning house synonymous with creating both performance and luxury BMWs – was founded in 1965 by Burkard Bovensiepen. Prior to Alpina’s and BMW’s partnership the two parties were introduced to each other when Bovensiepen had developed a dual Weber carburettor for BMW’s 1500 at the time. From there, BMW approved of Alpina’s quality and expertise – giving the official stamp of approval for any customers of Alpina cars or parts to have their cars serviced at BMW centres.
An example of Alpina’s craftsmanship, is shown in their final product from engineering the engine, and piecing in the luxurious interior – all of which are hand-made. Known for their signature exterior decor/decals, body kit and 20 spoke wheels – they are the epitome of style and class.
Presented to you at the Car Farm is a 2000 BMW Alpina B10 3.3, featuring a 3.3L straight-six engine that started its life out as a 2.8L before going under Alpina’s transformation – which included enlarged lightweight pistons, Alpina’s renown intake manifold and high quality exhaust system. This example was originally from the UK and has near complete service history from new – it features a rare two-tone interior (black/red) and a 5-Speed Manual transmission. It is unregistered in Hong Kong, with a current mileage of 154,272 miles.
The black exterior paint on this B10 3.3 is in very good condition as light was reflected off of its body from all angles. Upon visual inspection, we did not notice any dings or significant scratches around its body and most importantly, no signs of rust. The headlights have been fitted with an aftermarket set of angel eyes, while the rear features LED tail lamps. The surrounding Alpina badges are in great condition, with no signs of extensive fade or wear. The classic and elegant 20 spoke 18” wheels are finished in gloss black to pair well with the exterior – there were no signs of curb rash on these wheels. The surround chrome window trim has minor classic car patina, with signs of oxidation – all of which will be taken care of. This example is equipped with the legendary Alpina front lip and rear spoiler.
Interior and Trim
What sets this B10 3.3 apart from any other example – is the blacked two-tone interior. There was noticeable wear and tear seen on the front row seats – such as the wearing outside bolster of the Driver’s seat – and a scratch mark on the bottom section of the front passenger seat, nonetheless the electronic seats are fully operational. The dashboard is in great condition, with no signs of excessive fade due to UV exposure or cracks – with the buttons clearly visible and operating at the optimum with no missing pixels on the onboard computer display. The steering wheel has aged gracefully, along with the shift boot and shift knob that are in good condition. All of the four door panels are aligned, however each have minor scratches on the door handles.
Engine and Running Gear
The 3.3L in-line six unit switched on with no hesitation and was surprisingly quiet – which is a testament of Alpina’s refinement. The controls of the pedals and the shifter were all done in a very smooth manner. Through the rev range, the power delivery was strong and responsive. The Alpina tuned suspension enabled this B10 3.3. to tackle difficult corners and stay planted, with the brakes providing ample amount of stopping power. Interior cabin noise was at a minimum, and the air conditioning unit blew out cold air. Overall, a rare example of this legendary Alpina B10 3.3 – now open to accepting your bids Exclusively at the Car Farm.
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