One of 167 RHD examples, an E85 BMW Alpina Z4 Roadster S with 34,000 miles.
Established as a manufacturer of fine automobiles for the connoisseur, Alpina has thrived since the firm was founded in 1965 by Burkard Bovensiepen. Alpina to this day works closely with BMW and their processes are integrated into BMW’s production lines and so Alpina is recognised by the German Ministry of Transport as an automobile manufacturer. The building of special automobiles for demanding clientele in small numbers ensures exclusivity. The total production of the BMW ALPINA Roadster S is 370 of which 167 were made in RHD with our example being number 287.
Front and side airbags, Cornering Brake Control (CBC), Dynamic Stability Control (DSC III), on-board computer, auto headlights and rain sensing wipers, electric roof, electric memory seats, cruise control, rear park distance control, automatic air-conditioning, ISOFIX passenger seat, heated seats, BMW Business CD head unit with 6CD changer, tool kit. Alpina Specification; Metallic paint, 19in Dynamic alloy wheels, Alpina front apron, Alpina 3-piece rear spoiler, headlamp wash, 300bhp 3.4 litre Roadster S engine, Alpina uprated suspension, stainless steel exhaust system, Alpina trimmed interior with Alpina Roundel and rhombs on the seats, Alpina hand-stitched steering wheel, dashboard and centre console, Alpina blue instrumentation with red indicators, Alpina logo on wind deflector, Alpina carpet mats, Alpina Roadster S door sills, Alpina numbered production plaque silver-plated. Accessories; Tailored soft indoor car cover.
A stunning example in every respect, this rare Roadster S has covered just 33,976 miles from new and is finished beautiful Black Sapphire Metallic, (Code 475), an official Alpina Roadster S colour. An exquisite uniform gloss shine from the factory paint application confirms the cossetted enthusiast ownership, low mileage and indoor storage with car cover. A few pleasing stone chips, proving the cars manufacturer paint, have been carefully touched in. BMW Main Dealer number plates are fitted and the perfect unique Alpina body styling, Alpina lettering and model designation badges leave in no doubt this is no ordinary Z4. Reflecting the cars dry usage/storage is the underside which is brilliantly clean. One of 370 globally and one of only 167 in RHD, this is a car for the connoisseur.
Finished in Black leather with signature blue and green stitching to the upholstery, the spotless interior is classic Alpina in style and quality with Alpina craftsmen making in excess of 2000 interior changes to the standard Z4, some ultra-subtle and some unseen. Vital Alpina features to establish authenticity are present such as the blue Alpina by BORG instrumentation with red needles and the Alpina plaque confirming this is car number 287. Highly subtle styling tweaks includes the Alpina roundel added almost invisibly to the leather fascia and wind deflector as well as the Alpina lettering likewise to the storage cubby lid. The unique Alpina velour floor mats are present and door apertures are spotlessly clean with factory labels and unique model designation sill plates intact. All equipment and functions are seamless in operation. The pristine boot area houses the BMW Mobility case with air compressor, unused toolkit and spare oil carrier as well as a genuine BMW replacement battery. A stunning Alpina interior throughout.
ENGINE & TRANSMISSION
The hand built 3.4 litre inline-six cylinder engine develops a thumping 300bhp and 360Nm of torque. With a raft of engineering changes by Alpina to include the pistons and cylinder head, 0-60mph is despatched in 5.1 seconds and an unlimited top speed of 165mph. The incredibly clean engine bay proudly displays the manufacturer’s information plates, Alpina stickers and both the BMW, (correctly crossed out), and Alpina chassis numbers. The Alpina exhaust system is the standard stainless steel unit with dual polished exhaust tips emitting a glorious exhaust note. The Alpina Z4 Roadster S model was only fitted with the 6-speed manual close ratio ZF gearbox to suit the enthusiastic driver.
WHEELS, TYRES & BRAKES
19in Alpina Dynamic alloy wheels with Alpina roundel centre caps are perfect throughout and wear correct size Michelin Pilot Super Sport tyres, 235/35 ZR19 front and 265/30 ZR129 rear with ample . The powerful braking system features Cornering Brake Control (CBC) and has been well maintained to perform superbly.
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 27th September 2005 by Sytner Nottingham. Build number 287 presented here has covered a fully verified 34,000 miles from new and remains in amazing original condition. A total of eight BMW Main Dealer and one BMW specialist entries are recorded, the most recent being an Inspection II with additional brake fluid change carried out at BMW Main Dealer, Sycamore of Peterborough, in October 2023 with accompanying invoice. Both the original BMW and Alpina service books are present with mirrored stamped entries and original Alpina PDI stamp present. Again, two sets of handbooks including the rare Alpina supplementary book pack contained in the padded leather wallet are included. Two sets of keys are present as is an original Alpina range brochure and a large neat file of every MOT certificate since the first in 2008 and supporting service invoices.
The car was sold again through the Sytner network in 2018, by Sytner Sunningdale, as a BMW Approved Used Car to a customer who part exchanged a newer Z4M Coupe! Very rarely does an older vehicle, 13 years at the time, meet the condition and credential criteria to be sold as a BMW Approved Used Car and the fact this car met the grade is testament to its overall quality and provenance. The BMW Approved Used Car handover pack is included in the history file complete with Alpina Salesman’s business card.
A highly collectable example of this Bavarian legend.
MOT May 2024, HPI Clear.
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