ALPINAs are special cars. Based off of standard BMWs, ALPINA creates cars that are more luxurious, higher performing and overall more special than the cars on which they’re based. Such is the case with the original BMW ALPINA B7 Turbo.
While we know the ALPINA B7 today as a modified 7 Series, the original B7 moniker was applied to the E12-generation BMW 5 Series. With a turbocharged variant of BMW’s 3.0 liter inline-six cylinder engine, the ALPINA B7 Turbo developed a whopping 300 hp and 340 lb-ft of torque, the ALPINA was significantly more powerful than the 5 Series it was based on. This meant 0-60 mph in 6.5 seconds, which was seriously fast for a sedan in 1978, when it first debuted.
It also looked flipping brilliant, with its old-school style front lip, rear decklid spoiler and classic ALPINA wheels. It’s a stunning looking car and one that would turn heads even today. Its interior is also great, with its massive steering wheel, wooden shift knob and ALPINA-colored seats. It’s very ’70s but very cool. The combination of its looks, charm and performance make it a car that any BMW fan would love to have in their garage. But is it worth six-figures?
This particular 1982 (its last model year) ALPINA B7 Turbo is currently up for sale, with an asking price of $110,000. It only has 82,416 miles on it, which is great for a car of its age. It also seems to be in fantastic condition and is very rare, with supposedly only 149 models ever built. However, does that warrant a six-figure price tag for a 34 year old sedan?
Maybe, maybe not. I’m not a car evaluator and, technically, anything is only worth what someone is willing to pay. So, since someone will likely buy this at this price, yea, it’s probably worth it. It does beg the question, though, of whether or not you’d buy this or save up a bit more money and buy a brand new ALPINA B7, now built on the superb 7 Series? What do you think?