It’s quite a name—Alpina Burkard Bovensiepen GmbH & Co. KG—and it may be one that you’re not familiar with, but if you’re a fan of BMW you should get acquainted with it. Based in Buchloe, in the Ostallgau district of Bavaria, Germany, Alpina has worked closely with BMW since 1962 when they developed a Weber dual carburetor for the BMW 1500. In 1964, BMW put the full factory guarantee stamp of approval on all of their cars that were fitted with the Alpina system—not bad for a company that actually started out producing typewriters.
Sotheby’s is currently offering a 1987 BMW Alpina B7 Turbo Coupe/3. The B7 is one of only two Alpina cars offered in the US. The B7 started out as a request from BMW that Alpina create a high-performance version of their flagship 7 series. The biggest change that BMW wanted done to the car was for it to not be a high revving version of the BMW M7. The result was a 300-plus horsepower car. Given its rarity, and the excellent condition, this B7 looks to fetch a handsome price—and Sotheby’s has listed as such. The estimated value for the car is between €140,000 to €160,000.