2001 BMW Alpina B10 4.6 (E39)
One of just 151 4.6- litre B10 saloons believed built; super order throughout; face-lift example with bespoke red & black Alpina embossed interior - the gentleman's option to the M5 from long term 16 year ownership
Supplied new by Alpina authorised dealer Sytner of Nottingham in summer 2001 this very attractive and rare car is a wolf in disguise like many Alpina brethren.
Finished in bright red, the car wears its discreet Alpina body-kit well, the real giveaway to the cars status being the trademark (and extremely valuable) 19inch jet-fin alloy wheels, lowered Sachs suspension, bigger brakes, slash cut twin exit exhaust and discreet Alpina branded chin spoiler and rear badges. The B10 features a potent and throaty 4.6-litre V8 rated at 342bhp mated to BMW’s excellent five speed automatic/triptronic gearbox with steering wheel change buttons for those fancying a more spirited drive.
The interior features black leather seats piped red, all embossed with the Alpina logo. The main dash and trim contrasts fashionably in red and black throughout. As a facelift E39 series model it features widescreen navigation, heated electric memory seats, cup holders, digital climate control with A/C, parking sensors, traction/stability control, front fog lamps, electrically adjustable Alpina branded and stitched steering wheel, rear door blinds and also electric rear blind, sunroof, Alpina mats, Alpina sill plates, rear privacy glass and period in-car telephone.
Wearing its 167,530 miles with consummate ease, it looks and feels like its done half that, no surprise given its been in the same careful ownership since 2005 with just three keepers prior to that. The interor shows few signs of wear other than one of the steering wheel buttons and the bodywork is smart for its age and mileage with but a few marks evident under close scrutiny - its clearly been cosseted.
The history file includes the smart leather Alpina owners wallet with manuals and service book showing 14 service stamps all by
Sytner (4) and North Oxford BMW (10) plus the PDI by Alpina Germany on the 19th March 2001. The last service by North Oxford BMW was in February 2019 at 165,133 miles. In addition to the V5C, the file includes a selection of invoices. Work on file of note includes £1385 spent in January 2018 on repairs to both sills from corrosion, new rocker cover gaskets, and new brake lines. Two new tyres were fitted in October 2017, a repair to the wiring harness in the boot, replacement brake calliper, pads, handbrake shoes and fluid in December 2016 costing £1913 plus other older invoices.
Coming with an MOT valid until February 2022 with no advisories recorded, this is a rare car and accoding to the build plaque on the head lining, is car number 67 of only 151 believed built. This limited build example offers a great alternative to the E39 based BMW M5 which were all manual and is somehow less thuggish and more gentlemanly. Don’t let the miles put you off, they are very well made and do double that with ease – we recently sold an older Alpina model that had covered 320,000 miles and it was fighting fit and still in regular use. Rarity and exclusive.
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