At the moment, good condition E30 BMW M3s are insanely, ridiculously, mind bendingly expensive. Their value has skyrocketed within the past few years. And that’s if you can even find one in good condition and unmodified. Most people who have E30 M3s think that they know better than BMW when it comes to making what’s considered possibly the finest driving automobile of all time and decided to modify it. This lowers the value considerably, but also lowers appeal, depending on how modified the car actually is. No self respecting car enthusiast wants to buy a slammed E30 M3 so cambered out that it looks like it belongs in the “Silly Walks” Monty Python skit.
But if you think E30 M3s are worth a lot of money, than you might want to check out this original, 1986 Alpina B6 3.5.
This is one out of 218 ever made and the only one in the US. It’s also the only one currently on sale in the world, as far as we can tell. The price of all of that rarity, for a 29-year old car with 88,250 miles on it, is $62,000. That’s right, for the cost of a brand new 535i x Drive, you can have a 29-year old 3 Series tuned by one of the most well-respected automakers in the world.
It may not sound all that glamorous, considering this Alpina is older than me, almost has 100,000 miles and all of the parts are going to be nightmarish to find and eye-wateringly expensive. But if you think about the rarity and classic cool of this car, it kind of starts to make sense.
What this particular Alpina B6 does have going for it is the glorious Alpina 3.5 liter inline-six making 261 hp, or 68 more than an E30 M3. It puts that power down through a dogleg, five-speed gearbox and a limited-slip differential. It also wears a beautiful Royal Blue Metallic color with gold Alpina stripes down the sides and on the lower front spoiler.
It also wears those classic Alpina wheels. The interior is a combination of black leather and cloth with stripes on the seats in the Alpina’s blue and green color scheme.
It does have a few blemishes, such as a couple of burns in the ashtray and a crinkle in the spoiler. But those are minor grievances with an otherwise gorgeous, class and one-of-a-kind automobile. $62,000 seems quite steep for such an old car, but not until you factor in that you would be owning the only one of its kind in the country.
Plus, with 88,000 mile already on it, it’s never going to be mint, so that means you get to actually drive it, not just collect it. Just thinking about this is making me look up which of my organs would be best to sell to get this car.