1994 ALPINA B10 4.0 E34

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1994 ALPINA B10 4.0 E34


Alpina, or Alpina Burkard Bovensiepen GmbH & Co. KG to give the company its full title, is a factory endorsed manufacturer of high-performance BMWs. In fact, the quality of its work is so high that, in contrast to more tuning automotive firms, Alpina has been known to build its cars alongside regular production models on the BMW assembly line.

The B10 E34 you’re looking at here was designed and built for the customer for whom an M5 was a bit too common, a bit too mainstream; Alpina customers have always preferred to plough their own furrow, and the sort of person that would have chosen one of these over the (admittedly very, very good) production M5 is one of us. We at Patina understand why they did what they did when choosing their intercontinental bahnstormer, and we suspect you do too .

Le véhicule

If BMW trusts Alpina to build high-performance versions of its cars, we’re pretty darn sure you can – as long as they’re good ‘uns, that is. Which is where this particular car comes in: built in 1994 and registered in Japan in August of that year, this Alpina B10 E34 is an outstanding example of the breed.

Hand-selected and imported into the United Kingdom from Japan in April 2017, it’s number 41 of only 46 ever made. Showing only 105,000kms (or approximately 65,000 miles), this is a collection-quality, weapons-grade, high-performance, Old School sporting saloon still capable of embarrassing much more expensive machinery.


Cosmosschwarz Metallic, or Cosmos Black Metallic, is a stunning colour and while there are few shades we would rather see an E34 finished in, it is an unforgiving colour that highlights ripples, imperfections and flaws faster than Simon Cowell when he can’t find his ciggies.

Yet, in this case, it’s a good thing because it enables us to post high-resolution images for you to click on and scroll through, confident that you’ll be as impressed by the coachwork as we are. That we’re convinced the paintwork is original too, rather than a respray, adds a charm all its own.

The gold Alpina pinstripes and deep front dam lend the car an air of menace that slips seamlessly into modern-retro in our eyes; there’s the merest hint of the cad about the car, which we love. If James Hunt were still alive he’d be tooling around London in one of these, looking for someone else’s wife to seduce.

As you can see from the photographs, the underneath is as clean as the bodywork with no evidence of rust, rot or general bodgery. The alloy wheels are original and in exceedingly good condition, free of dings and kerb-rash, but they do have some minor staining, and their lacquer has crazed – something that can be seen, but cannot be felt when closely inspected, they are smooth to touch. It will be left to the new owner to leave original or perfect.

Downsides are pretty much limited to a mild scuff on the offside front bumper and a few small stone chips on the front of the vehicle. These problems are very minor and while they could be rectified, they in no way detract from the appearance of the rest of the car and the current owner has left them untreated as he’d rather preserve the originality of the vehicle’s paintwork.


The interior of this left-hand-drive example is original and in nigh-on perfect condition with only very gentle creasing on the driver’s seat. The Alpina badging is all present and correct, as is the original cassette player and the bi-coloured stitching on the gear knob. There are no extraneous holes, additional gauges, or ill-judged modifications either, so the interior is as clean and original as the day Alpina signed it off.

All the electrics work, including the electrically adjustable leather seats and the air-conditioning blows ice cold, having just been recharged.

The engine bay is beautifully detailed, as is the boot. These things matter, and we’re delighted to see that the owner understands this as well as you and I.

En dessous

The initial MOT showed only the need for two antiroll bar links and the Alpina B10 4.0-litre V8 engine is in rude good health, having just been subject to the ministrations of Mark Purcell Ltd., the well-known BMW specialist.

Mark’s team gave the car a comprehensive service and also fixed an intermittent misfire caused by a malfunctioning coil on number eight cylinder, a minor issue that was more of an irritant than a problem. The car now goes as well as it’s ever done, which is saying something…


Unusually for an imported car, this Alpina B10 comes with a comprehensive paper history, which has been neatly transcribed into English for those of you that aren’t fluent in Japanese. As you can see, the mileage appears to be genuine; the bi-annual ‘Shakken’ (the Japanese equivalent of the MOT but much tougher and more expensive) records the mileage shown on the odometer, and the figures rise consistently.

The car also comes with its original handbooks, old Shakken paperwork, bills and invoices, and the importation documentation.

Please visit the ‘Records’ section of this listing where you will find a number of invoices and other paperwork to support our claim that this car has an impressively comprehensive service history.

Ce que nous pensons

With the price of good BMW E34 M5s rising, the canny car enthusiast is looking for a cleverer way to enjoy an eight-pot E34, and the Alpina B10 is one of the better ways of doing so.

With a guide price of £20-25,000, this is not a cheap Alpina B10 but it is a very good one; remember, price is what you pay and value is what you remember and we are confident that no one is ever going to look back and regret buying this car. Values can only continue to rise and this is a much more interesting way of investing than any number of ISAs, shares or fixed-rate bonds…

Viewing is always encouraged, and this car can be seen here at Patina HQ in Abingdon; to arrange an appointment please use the ‘Contact Seller’ button at the top of the listing. Feel free to ask any questions or make observations in the comments section below, or try our ‘Frequently Asked Questions’.

If needed, please remember we have a network of trusted suppliers we work with regularly and can recommend: Thames Valley Car Storage for storing your car, AnyVan for transporting it, and Footman James for classic car insurance.

ENNUYEUX, mais IMPORTANT : Veuillez noter que si nous, au Marché, nous efforçons toujours d'offrir les listes d'enchères les plus descriptives et les plus transparentes possibles, nous ne pouvons pas prétendre qu'il s'agit d'analyses parfaites de l'un quelconque des véhicules à vendre. Nous offrons beaucoup plus de possibilités aux enchérisseurs de voir ou d'organiser des inspections approfondies pour chaque véhicule avant d'enchérir que les enchères traditionnelles, et nous ne cessons d'encourager les enchérisseurs à en profiter. Nous examinons attentivement les véhicules livrés dans nos locaux pour la vente, mais cela ne donne lieu qu'à nos observations personnelles impartiales, et non à celles d'un inspecteur qualifié ou d'un autre professionnel, ni au résultat d'un long essai de conduite.

En outre, les réparations de peinture localisées sont courantes pour les voitures de collection et les voitures anciennes et si elles ont été effectuées par des professionnels, elles peuvent être impossibles à détecter, même si nous voyons la voiture en personne. Par conséquent, sauf indication contraire, il faut partir du principe que tout véhicule peut avoir fait l'objet de réparations de carrosserie à un moment donné de sa vie.

En outre, veuillez noter que la plupart des vidéos sur notre site ont été enregistrées à l'aide de simples caméras, ce qui donne souvent une qualité sonore "moyenne" ; en particulier, le son des moteurs et des pots d'échappement peut être un peu différent de la réalité.

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  • Lieu: Abingdon
  • Type de vendeur: Private
  • Kilométrage affiché: 65000
  • Numéro de châssis: WAPBA40L04F100041
  • Moteur: 4000
  • Boîte de vitesses: Auto
  • Couleur: Black
  • Intérieur: Black Leather

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