Hi David, I am not able to PM you, so I will reply here.
Indeed I am the new owner...As I said to Kees, it will only be known whether it is a good buy after I receive the car. I have just yesterday received confirmation from Alpina the car is genuine, so a good start. As a result, I've also been told an original plaque can be ordered no problem. The original deko set will be next. As far as the paint goes, it will likely be left for the time being. It would cost a good 10 grand to change that back...stripping the entire car back, engine and trunk compartments, door jams, etc...its a big job. When these cars are making 50-60 grand, it is easier to "invest" than at the moment when times are difficult, and well documented cars are making 30-40.
Y, it's easier for me to register a car here. For a pre 1989 car, I only have to fit child restraint hooks for the rear seats, and possibly side impact bars if they are not present. Otherwise, I just have the car gone over by an appointed engineer and he confirms the car conforms to our local safety standards.
As far as the state of the car now, Ben tells me it is as it looks...in good condition. While repainted, it is a good job and there is no graphite poking through. It has original seats refitted. Alpina F/R spoilers, the open lug 16s, the instruments, etc. The only thing missing is the plaque, which can be reordered. He says the problems are the rotors will need replacing soon, and the sunroof is inop. He says he is happy to fix these items, for a fee of course. The bad news is the car has zero docs, the only possibility being to obtain some Japanese records, which unfortunately, are all in Japanese. Again, I guess we'll see in a couple of months when it arrives.
Y, so the car joins Danny Minkin's E21 B6 2.8 and Andy Butler's E12 B7 Turbo, as well as 2 E34 B10 3.5s...one of which I am searching for a 4.6 V8 to convert. I'll upload some photos when my garage is finished being built in January.
Good to speak to you!