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A sporty and very exclusive BMW E46 Coupe Alpina B3 3.3 with full history.
Front Alpina air dam, rear apron, headlamp wash system, heated door mirrors, heated screenwasher nozzles, third high level brake light, front and side airbags, automatic climate control, on-board computer, cruise control, memory seats, boot warning triangle and tool kit. Factory options; Graduated tinted screen, front centre armrest, heated seats, PDC, xenon headlamps, navigation system, 6CD changer, white indicator lenses. Alpina Specification; 280bhp engine, Alpina Switch-Tronic, Alpina light alloy wheels, Uprated suspension, Alpina blue instrumentation, Myrtle wood with Alpina logo, Alpina floor mats. Alpina door sills, Alpina steering wheel, silver plated production plaque.
This jewel among sporty automobiles is beautiful at any angle finished in Cosmos Schwartz Metallic which offers a purposeful sporting stance without attracting unnecessary attention. The unique Alpina front spoiler and rear badges inform the knowledgeable that this is just one of 90 coupes made. Optional xenon headlamps and white indicators totalling £875 help disguise the 15 years that have passed since production but minor stone chips and age related marks can be seen under scrutiny. An almost spotless engine bay proudly displays the manufacturer’s information plates, Alpina stickers and both the BMW and Alpina chassis numbers. A car for the connoisseur.
The driver-orientated ergonomically designed interior showcases exemplary craftsmanship. Finished in optional Grey Montana leather costing £1,670 when new this interior still displays all the vital Alpina features key to establishing authenticity such as the blue Alpina instrumentation with red needles and the gold logo discreetly stamped in the Myrtle trim. The driver bolster has some loose stitching and the unique Alpina carpet mats are present. The leather sports steering has the vivid blue and green stitching housing the switch-tronic buttons integrated into the reverse side favoured by most. The silver plated production plaque numbering this car as 041 is proudly on display in clean tight headlining reminding the occupants of engineering excellence. Highly specified including Navigation at a cost of £1,400 but the PDC and glovebox torch is inoperative. A complete unused toolkit is correctly housed inside the boot lid and although very clean the carpeting has aged slightly. The benchmark for perfect automobiles.
ENGINE & TRANSMISSION
The inline 3.3 litre places much emphasis on reducing the movement of free masses so extremely light pistons and bespoke crankshaft help produce a thumping 280bhp and 335Nm of torque. With a raft of other engineering changes expect 0.60mph in 6.8 seconds and a top speed of 159mph. The revolutionary Alpina Switch-Tronic developed in a joint effort with ZF and Bosch constitutes the ideal driving style for any kind of situation and operates seamlessly.
WHEELS, TYRES & BRAKES
Light alloy wheels with weight-optimised spokes have concealed tyre valves behind lockable Alpina branded light alloy die-cast covers and have been refurbished. Matching Continental 225/40 R18 upfront and 255/35 R18 at the rear are fitted. The brakes are powerful, well weighted, and have a reassuringly firm pedal feel.
To the cognoscenti of British high-performance enthusiasts, the Sytner name is inexorably linked to that of Alpina with this example being registered new on the 9th June 2000 by Sytner Nottingham. Recorded with the Alpina Register as one of 66 survivors worldwide this car always represented a rare breed and at a list price of £43,470 reserved for the connoisseur. A mixture of BMW main dealer and independent BMW specialists help track the 112,710 miles covered with the last of 11 documented condition based services being at Sytner Coventry in June 2014. This visit along with other maintenance work is accompanied by invoices with the last totalling £1747.36. All handbooks, including the rare Alpina supplementary handbook, have been passed on to all seven former keepers and are contained in the leather Alpina wallet with green and blue striping often kept back as a souvenir of ownership. Previous owners have proven their dedication by keeping such artefacts as old fuel receipts confirming the use of high octane unleaded fuel specified to ensure optimal performance. This example is certain to delight the classic BMW aficionado appreciative of the Alpina marque, seeking an unmolested showpiece.
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