"Real Alpina" on barnfinds:

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Snoopy11
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"Real Alpina" on barnfinds:

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https://barnfinds.com/real-alpina-packa ... -bmw-528e/

Should be interesting to see what mye28 has to say-

I don't see anything in this listing that would aid authentication of this car but perhaps seller can provide pictures of VIN--
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I'm not the expert on this like some here are, but I see numerous red flags.

#1. There was no euro 528e. There was an euro 525e which was essentially the same car, including engine, but no 528e.
#2. To the best of my knowledge Alpina cars started with euro 528i chassis, even though they were 3.5s.
#3. Comfort seats? 4500 Redline? I doubt it. Finally, the radiator has a warning label on top of it in English that says Warning. English warnings on a EU car? Radiator could have been replaced with a used US one, but...

Now once upon a time you could buy things like Alpina springs and body kits, so I see a US spec 528e with some Alpina bits on it. Probably not many that aren't cosmetic. Nice M tech 1 steering wheel though, a rarity if it's an 85, but it says it's an 86 so not as rare. Now the gas gauge doesn't look quite right, but I think I can make out "unleaded fuel only" in English.
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Re: "Real Alpina" on barnfinds:

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Got a VIN:

WBADK8308G9659579
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Re: "Real Alpina" on barnfinds:

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Snoopy11 wrote: Mar 31, 2021 8:33 PM Got a VIN:

WBADK8308G9659579
Yup, it's an Alpina!!! NOT.

Product:
Car
Catalog:
Classic
Series:
5' E28 (1980 — 1990)
Body:
Sedan
Model:
528e
Market:
USA
Prod Month:
10/1985
Engine:
M20
Transmission:
Automatic
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The people commenting over there have figured out as well that it's not a real Alpina (or Hartge or whatever.)
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I think it's funny people had to figure that out. Of course the author of that article is a member here and should never have said it raised any questions, or even shared it.
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Alpina is BMW’s in-house performance shop
Uhh...
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Shawn D. wrote: Apr 01, 2021 9:29 PM
Alpina is BMW’s in-house performance shop
Uhh...
Give them time, I’m sure the commenters over there will figure that out, too.
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Shawn D. wrote: Apr 01, 2021 9:29 PM
Alpina is BMW’s in-house performance shop
Uhh...
Yeah. Right. I saw that too.
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Re: "Real Alpina" on barnfinds:

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This 1986 BMW 528e is an unusual assortment of parts, featuring some very desirable period-correct upgrades.

Was the first line of the article. How could anyone jump to it being an Alpina from that statement?

Alpina being cars turned out a certain way vs. the bespoke vehicles from Hartge it seems it would be easy to see a vehicle as added parts vs. an Alpina build.
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