Rarity, even if not totally true, is not the unique criteria here. A very strong passion of a small afficionados group for a car that significantly stirred up the BMW landscape is the key. Don't forget the fresh 323i with its double exhaust,proud 143 bhp and very good performance... It did immediately set a new mark and did remain the reference for tons of journalists and car magazines...Makes my B8 a bargain at €23k! (much rarer, only 27 tourings made).
Mike at least from the picts posted above in this link, it looks like it has been retrofitted with Bosch L-jet, not motronic. That is what the later B6's from Alpina had.. As someone who really likes the earlier stuff, I would like it much better with it's original injection, too, even though the motronic upgrade was done by Alpina.
And it's a good thing there's something I don't like about it - ever since it came on the market 30 minutes from me, I've been struggling to find a reason to discount it, so I wouldn't be tempted to go/look/buy.
Yeah, I think it is a huge component in "old car" values in the future. I think the E39 M5 will have that going for it in 20-25 years for example since it was an incredible hit on the market, emotionally -- similar to the E30 M3 now, and to a lesser extent the E28 M5 and E24 M6. I remember vividly those days as at the time I had a heavily modified E3 (Bavaria), heavily modified E21 and an E28 535i and was very active in track events and autocrosses with the CCA up in the DC area. The M3 has grown in stature even beyond what it had when it was new in my opinion. At least I wasn't ever seriously impressed with it in stock form when it was new -- heck, even Ray Korman racing E30 M3 chassis #1 at Summit Point in the Firehawk series only turned lap times 3 seconds faster than I could in my Bavaria.Chuck -
Interesting point on Alpinas not packing much emotional punch or connection for us here in the States.
It's a boardmember here...he's just testing the market. However it is a very nice example.There's a E28 B7 for sale in the USA now and asking price was like $37K, not that he may get it.
I'd challenge anyone to show me a car produced after 78 with the DL injection. I believe Alpina scrapped the DL system after the first production year of the B6 cars and went to the L-jet. I have only seen one car, which was a 78 fitted with the DL system. Maybe that was a standard press release that was never updated, but coming from someone who owns a late 79 and an early 81 (both first series cars), both my cars are fitted with the L-jet system. From what I heard, the DL system never really performed the way Alpina wanted it to, so they scrapped it early on. Same goes for the ignition system. The first series cars are said to have the Hartig ignition system, but some time in 80, they switched all the cars over to the E28 distributor based ignition. My 79 has the Hartig unit, and the 81 has the Alpina timed distributor unit.Mike at least from the picts posted above in this link, it looks like it has been retrofitted with Bosch L-jet, not motronic. That is what the later B6's from Alpina had.
I would really like to know if Alpina did the conversion or not. It seems from what I've read the car had the DL system on it when last in the USA (the original ebay auction said this but I don't have picts to verify), and when the car was rebuilt the "restorerers" in CA installed the L-jet system. That is the rumor. I think saying Alpina retro fitted it was a good way to justify the change, but Alpina never did the work. It is after all a quick and easy bolt on, no special parts needed, only a euro spec 528i or 6 series which can be had as a complete car for $500.
I myself don't see why a E21 B6 would go for this kind of money ($28K large). I mean it is after all a normally aspirated engine, and it's basically a stock euro 2.8l L-jet engine (178 hp stock) dropped into a E21. Sure Alpina maybe mildly re-worked the head and probably installed slightly larger 282 cam to get the odd hp increase, but for the most part the engine is stock BMW.
I had advertised my E12 and E24 B7 turbos for about $10K less each last year in the USA for sale. Funny everyone said I was asking too much, and all I got was low ball offers, not one serious buyer. I can see now I'm raising my prices by $10K and sitting on them till they sell. I've always undervalued my cars and won't do it again. There's a E28 B7 for sale in the USA now and asking price was like $37K, not that he may get it.