BaT Auction: 1981 BMW Alpina B7 Turbo

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Finished in Sapphire Blue Metallic (149), the exterior shows a few scratches and was likely repainted sometime in the 1990s. The blue Alpina graphics were applied by the previous owner, and this car wears Alpina spoilers front and rear. A chip is noted on the front spoiler and lower left-rear valence. BMW and Alpina badging is present, as is a center exhaust outlet.

BaT Auction: 1981 BMW Alpina B7 Turbo

Alpina wheels wear 16″ General Exclaim tires sized 205/85 up front and 225/50 at the rear that are dated to 2002. Alpina suspension modifications include Bilstein shocks and custom springs, and the seller notes rust under the hood and trunk along the weather stripping as shown in the gallery.

BaT Auction: 1981 BMW Alpina B7 Turbo

The cabin features Scheel-Mann front seats and a rear bench that were reupholstered with Alpina fabric inserts prior to the seller’s ownership. A pre-purchase inspection carried out by Matrix Integrated of Portland, Oregon in July 2018 shows that the right washer jet is plugged and the dome light does not turn on manually. The full inspection report can be found in the gallery below, and the seller adds that the front and rear passenger-side door locks do not respond correctly to inputs from the central locking system and the HVAC blower switch is difficult to turn.

BaT Auction: 1981 BMW Alpina B7 Turbo

The 6-digit mechanical odometer shows 144k kilometers (~90k miles), about 2,000 of which were added during the seller’s ownership. This car is equipped with Alpina-specific gauges, steering wheel, shift knob, and a boost control knob that can increase the boost of the KK&K K27 turbocharger up to 12psi.

BaT Auction: 1981 BMW Alpina B7 Turbo

A serialized Alpina plaque is located below the three dash-mounted auxiliary gauges and shows that this car is #209. An aftermarket CD player and speakers have been installed.

BaT Auction: 1981 BMW Alpina B7 Turbo

Power comes from a turbocharged 3.0-liter inline-six paired with a dogleg 5-speed manual transmission featuring a UUC short shifter. A July 2018 service included a coolant flush and replacement of heater hoses. The fuel injectors were replaced in October 2017, and the main gas tank was cleaned and resealed at the same time. The seller states that he recently replaced the clutch slave cylinder and notes an oil leak at the turbo drain line to the oil pan. According to the seller, the car occasionally has trouble starting while the engine is warm.

BaT Auction: 1981 BMW Alpina B7 Turbo

This car is equipped with a belt-driven factory oil cooler for the limited-slip differential, though the seller notes that the belt is not currently installed and the oil temperature gauge for the differential on the dashboard is not functional. Additional photos of the underside are provided in the gallery below, and this car is fitted with a factory auxiliary gas tank in the trunk.

BaT Auction: 1981 BMW Alpina B7 Turbo

The Alpina chassis plate can be seen above, and a California BAR sticker from May 1997 is pictured in the gallery along with the trunk and tool kit.

BaT Auction: 1981 BMW Alpina B7 Turbo

A certificate of delivery from Alpina has been provided, confirming that this is E12 B7 Turbo #209 produced in November 1980. This car is also being offered with importation documents, a Pierburg injection system manual in German, and service records covering the seller’s ownership. A walk-around video is provided below and shows the engine revving. Interior and exterior driving videos can be found at the links provided.

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