ALPINA Car of the Month.

Introducing our ALPINA of the Month... Black Beauty

Immaculately preserved, Japan-sourced example of the exceptionally rare ALPINA RLE now available from Sytner Nottingham with under 200 miles.

Based on the futuristic BMW Z1 – indeed, the Z stands for zukunft or future – ALPINA only manufactured 66 Roadster Limited Editions, which are today highly sought after by collectors for their rarity, interesting feature set and significance in the BMW marque's development. Keen drivers’ equally value them for their lightweight, back to basics, open air thrills and the exceptional feedback and precision offered though the steering and suspension.

The ALPINA examples produce a useful 32hp more than the equivalent Z1, with an even greater increase in toque making them much more exploitable and still sprightly by today’s standards. This was achieved by boring the M20 block out to 2.7-litres, the addition of a more aggressive camshaft and lightweight Mahle pistons in combination with a recalibrated Bosch engine management system. Suspension enhancements and lightweight ALPINA Classic alloy wheels reduced the un-sprung mass and further enhanced the driving experience without compromising comfort.

Composite body panels keep the weight down to 1,250kgs, and combined with exceptionally sparing use and correct storage in the forgiving Japanese climate, this RLE is completely corrosion free. Tastefully finished in Traumschwarz over the trademark Camouflage interior, #55 of 66 was sourced from a well-known collection and was imported into the UK on 27/02/2010.

This rare investment opportunity is offered for sale by Sytner Nottingham – the home of ALPINA in the UK – who have known the car since it entered the country. A certificate of authenticity from the Buchloe factory is supplied with the RLE.

To discuss further, please contact Philip Hall on 0115 934 1414.