In 1965, following success in the financial markets, Burkard Bovensiepen set up a BMW tuning shop on the grounds of his father’s Alpina typewriter factory. Over the next few decades, Alpina cars enjoyed significant competition success, notably their sensational 1970 season, in which they won the European Touring Car Championship, Spa 24 Hours, and German Hillclimb championship. This ultimately led to the development of exclusive road cars based upon BMWs.
Alpina C1 2.3 is the first Alpina to be based upon BMW’s revered E30 platform and one of 35 examples built. Modifications to the M20 motor included custom-designed Mahle pistons, exhaust, ignition system, drysump lubrication, and a close-ratio five-speed gearbox. These features deliver a welcome performance improvement over the standard Munich offering. Exterior details include front and rear spoilers, Alpina’s signature silver pin striping, and a 20-spoke wheel design.
The Alpina C1 offers the extraordinary qualities of the E30, with exclusive design improvements thanks to Bovensiepen’s vision. The company’s race record, limited production numbers, and a timeless design ensure the long-term appeal of this C1.