1967 BMW 1600-2 with Alpina factory 2002 engine
- Three time BMW car club “Best of show classic” winner -
- Cover car on James Taylor’s famous book “Alpina” (copy included) -
- Featured as a seven page spread in Issue 58 (September 2005) Total BMW (copy included) -
- Good racing history and on the brink of receiving Group 2 papers to allow the car to race in the historic section of the FIA International Motorsport event for Pre- 1968 cars -
- Full Service History, restoration album and receipts dating back to 1968 -
This beautiful little BMW was sold several years ago at the highly prestigious COYS motorsport auction as being 1 of 2 pre 1968 Alpina’s ever made. The issue with this claim is that Alpina simply did not keep any records pre 1968. Working with various organisations, it has taken a lot of research to try give this claim some validity and understand the unique history of this vehicle, however ultimately we can’t prove COYS and Total BMWs claims. What we can do is provide you with our honest findings and let you make your own decision:
From the restoration album provided with the car, you can see that the car was clearly re-shelled. The inner wings, right hand rear wing and the roof certainly had work done to them. However, this does not take much away from the cars character and the work was completed by a very capable individual (previous owner). The car was also resprayed in the impressive “Colorado” paint, replacing its original “Sahara” finish. The chassis number on the car states 1550299, which we believe to be the cars original VIN. The car is fitted with a set of Minilites ready for potential racing use. To complete the vehicles identity, a set of period correct original Alpina 13" wheels, are also included (finished with black centres).
The main purpose for this car was always racing. The motor car has previously competed in numerous rallies including the Circuit of Ireland, Welsh Three Castles and the ADAC Old Timer challenge Bavaria. Therefore, we have acquired the homologation papers, and are currently working with the FIA, to ensure it can enter the historic section of the FIA International Motorsport events for Pre- 1968 cars. We have spoken to Alpina directly in Germany who told us that the number (284) stamped on the engine suggests that this 2002 engine was built on the 22 February 1971, and had been modified by their technicians.
The vehicle is presented in excellent condition throughout, which is credited by the combination of a quality mechanical and full body restoration by a previous owner, and original features being well maintained. The cylinder head has been ported and polished- whilst the crank, pistons and clutch have been dynamically balanced. The suspension is Bilstein all round with uprated and lowered springs. All ball and steering joints have been replaced and an alloy strut brace is fitted. The braking system has also been up-rated to ventilated front discs, which is acceptable by the homologation forms for Group 2 entry.
The interior is fitted with Recaro front sports seats (rear seat is the later lux option with rare centre armrest) all trimmed in original Ambla breathing vinyl. Carpets are new/ original molded from BMW and all instruments and switchgear are as new. Music is delivered from an original period Blaupunkt 3 waveband.
• Minilite Wheels
• Alpina, by James Taylor (book)
• MSA Homologation Forms
• Full Service History and restoration receipts dating back to 1968.
• Original owners handbook, service book and paper logbooks.
• Restoration album
• Total BMW Magazine featuring article about this motorcar