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Lot 108

1986 BMW Alpina B6 2.7

  • Chassis no. WAPB627006C210040
  • Serial no. 0040

Sold for $52,250


210 bhp, 2,700 cc SOHC inline six-cylinder engine, five-speed manual transmission, independent front suspension with Macpherson struts, independent rear suspension with semi-trailing arms, and four-wheel hydraulic disc brakes. Wheelbase: 101.2 in.

  • Based on the famed Alpina C2, dubbed the B6 for the Japanese market
  • The 40th of only 67 examples produced
  • Completely original and corrosion free; 35,000 original kilometers


Heralded as one of BMW’s finest creations, the E30 3-Series has stood the test of time. Alpina’s interpretation further refines that platform into something truly unique and special. Starting at the very heart of the car, Bavaria’s famed tuning house took the original M20B25 engine and bored it out to 2.7 liters. Custom flathead pistons from Mahle were installed, along with a more aggressive camshaft with higher lift and duration. Harder valve springs, a revised ignition system, and a higher compression ratio of 10.2:1 complete the engine modifications. Altogether, the silky smooth inline six-cylinder produces 210 horsepower and 195 foot-pounds of torque. That’s roughly an additional 40 horsepower over the stock 325i, and with a top speed touching 140 miles per hour, the B6 2.7 was the fastest E30 on sale before the larger engined B6 3.5 became available. Furthermore, Alpina fitted a close ratio five-speed gearbox, dry sump lubrication, and its own custom exhaust system to round out the upgrades.

The 1986 Alpina B6 2.7 presented here is an exceedingly rare Japan-only car. An official Alpina plaque designates that it is just the 40th of only 67 total examples produced. Due to government legislation, the larger 3-liter of the B6 was unable to pass the strict emission standards, and as such, Alpina opted to install the C2 drivetrain for that market. Other than the smaller engine displacement, the vehicle is all standard B6. Cosmetically, front and rear spoilers offer a more aggressive look, and the classic Alpina wheels provide the car with a sporty stance. Distinctive gold, deco stripes complete the exterior package. The interior is standard E30 apart from the striped upholstery and snug front seats. The Alpina steering wheel reminds the driver of how unique the car is every time they go for a drive.

This example is an astounding condition with zero signs of rust or corrosion. All four wheels, including the spare in the trunk, are in excellent condition, without any curb rash, and look flawless. A recent tune up of the entire fuel system ensures that the car is in outstanding running order. Only 35,430 kilometers (approximately 22,000 miles) appear on the odometer, making this a unique opportunity for anyone looking for a refined E30 experience.

Please contact our exclusive automotive transportation partner, Reliable Carriers, for a shipping quote or any other information on the transport of this vehicle.

Alexander Weaver

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California, United States

Alexander Weaver joined RM Sotheby’s in 2011 as a Car Specialist after graduating from Furman University in South Carolina. Born... read more

Augustin Sabatié-Garat

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United Kingdom

Augustin Sabatié-Garat joined RM Europe in 2012 as a Car Specialist after more than a decade in the collector car hobby. Gradua... read more

Barney Ruprecht

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Ontario, Canada

Barney’s interest in classic cars began at an early age after being introduced to his father’s all-original 1965 Porsche 911. Barney l... read more

Cameron Smyth

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Ontario, Canada

Cameron Smyth joined RM Sotheby’s as a Car Specialist in 2015, working out of our corporate office and providing assistance on c... read more

David Swig

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California, United States

David Swig joined RM Sotheby’s West Coast division as a Car Specialist in May 2015. David is a life-long automobile enthusi... read more

Don Rose

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United States

Don joined RM in 2006 after several years of professionally trading sports and classic cars, and after earning a reputation as a noted... read more

Donnie Gould

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Florida, United States

Donnie Gould joined the RM team in 2002 as a partner and Car Specialist after more than two decades in the vintage automobile auction ... read more

Gord Duff

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Ontario, Canada

Gord Duff began his journey with RM Sotheby’s in 1998. Since then, he has gained an intimate knowledge of a variety of marques a... read more

Ian Kelleher

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Jake Auerbach

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California, United States

Jake Auerbach got his start in the automotive industry at an early age, spending his summers during high school working at a classic c... read more

Kurt Forry

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Having worked for Bonhams’ Automobilia department for over 10 years, Kurt Forry joined RM Sotheby’s with more than a decad... read more

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California, United States

A long-time car enthusiast and Southern California native, Matt studied Automotive Technology at San Diego Miramar College and complet... read more

Michael Squire

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United Kingdom

Michael Squire joined RM Sotheby’s European Division in the summer of 2016. He comes to RM with a prestigious racing background ... read more

Mike Fairbairn

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Ontario, Canada

As one of the three founding partners of RM Sotheby’s, Mike has a long-standing interest in the classic car industry. Graduating... read more

Oliver Camelin

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United Kingdom

With an extensive background in exotic sports car history and sales, a particular passion for American curves, and fluency in three la... read more

Paul Darvill

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United Kingdom

Paul Darvill joined the RM Sotheby’s European team at the beginning of 2015. Paul holds a degree in French and Politics from the... read more

Pete Fisher

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Ontario, Canada

Pete Fisher was first introduced to antique cars in high school, working for Classic Coachworks in his hometown of Blenheim, Ontario. ... read more

Peter Wallman

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United Kingdom

Peter Wallman joined RM Europe in 2007 following nearly two decades in the international advertising industry, where he was based out ... read more

Shelby Myers

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California, United States

Shelby Myers grew up with the classic car industry infused into every aspect of his life. He had the unique opportunity to watch the R... read more

Tonnie Van der Velden

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United Kingdom

Tonnie Van der Velden joined RM Sotheby’s European division in September 2015 as a Car Specialist. A lifelong enthusiast, Tonnie... read more