1997 BMW E36 B3 3.2 Alpina Touring

Lot: 323

Sold for (£): Unsold
Offered for sale is a 3.1L 1997 BMW Alpina E36 B3 3.2 3-series touring automatic that has been with the current owner for the last 17 years. Coming with an extensive history file, this lot's condition scores 91 / 135.

Classic Car Auctions says:

The discerning BMW E36 B3 Alpina 3.2 Touring is a limited edition car, with this example being number 066 and 1 of only 4 in RHD.

This 1997 car was highly-specced by a BMW dealership in Warwick and used initially as a demonstrator. Being an Alpina it came with uprated Bilstein suspension and the distinctive Alpina 20-inch multi-spoke alloy wheels.

The car was sold to a local lady on the 1st April 1998 and then bought by the vendor on the 30th November 1998, showing 16,750 miles.

The vendor has owned and enjoyed it ever since - so much so, that in 2001 he took it with him to South Africa where it was serviced by BMW Paarlberg, the oldest BMW dealer in SA.

Upon its return to the UK, the mileage was a documented 88,973.  The car has always been garaged and maintained regardless of cost, being regularly serviced with the necessary stamps & invoices being present.  The car is now being sold due to infrequent use, having recently been in dehumidified storage. 

This model of car must be considered as a modern classic in the making, with impeccable pedigree and diligent long-term custodianship.

Lot Details

Registration: R66 ALP RHD/LHD: Right Hand Drive
Year: 1997 Engine size: 3.1L
Make: BMW Alpina Odometer reading (miles): 128000
Model: E36 B3 3.2 3-series touring MOT expiry: 2016-06-02
Warranted: Yes Chassis number: WAPB332TO7ZE40066

Vendor Condition Report

Overall: 91 / 135


Bodywork: Glass:
Paint: Chrome:


BMW M-sport front apron/spoiler currently fitted. Original Alpina spoiler comes with the car. Two very small spots of corrosion around the rear window and a minor stain on the bonnet from a bird dropping.

Unused BMW roof bars included.


Door-cards: Carpets:
Seating: Headlining:
Dashboard: Boot:


Slight sagging to the side bolster of the driver's seat (the area that gets the wear whilst getting in & out)

Otherwise all seats are fine and very comfortable.

Rear luggage space has had a BMW plastic liner in place most of the time. Alpina extra dials in place & working.


Components: Starting:
Appearance: Running:


The car is described by the vendor as 'starting & running superbly', with the engine compartment, whilst not being detailed and shiny, is clean and acceptable.

He adds (in regard to the engine) that there are 'no imperfections and nothing that requires attention'.


Gears: Drive-shaft:


Coming with Alpina's Switchtronic transmission, the vendor states that 'there are no imperfections, with all gear changes (whether in auto & switchable mode) being as they should'.

Running Gear

Axles: Chassis:
Suspension: Bearings:
Brakes: Wheels/Tyres:


Two new rear tyres fitted 1000 miles ago.


Minor: Major:


All working with no imperfections.

Vehicle History


History file contains every invoice & MOT.

Service book is fully stamped up - always in UK by BMW Warwick (under all its different names) or BMW Paarlberg (the oldest BMW dealer in South Africa).

Owned for 17 years since 1998 when mileage was 16,750. Taken to South Africa 2001- 4004. Since return it has averaged only 6300 miles per year.

Always garaged & recently in dehumidified storage.

Car comes with all orginally supplied keys.

About the Condition Report

A lot's condition report is compiled based on information provided to CCA by the vendor of the lot. CCA has no access to lots prior to a sale but does review its condition on the day of the sale. CCA strongly recommends viewing a lot prior to a sale as it cannot guarantee the accuracy of the information provided.
Poor Numerous faults / Extensive damage / Many missing parts / Project or donor car
Fair Basic condition / Requires attention mechanically & cosmetically / Some damage / Some missing parts
Good Every-day useable classic car / Driven & enjoyed / Commensurate with age & mileage / Drives and looks as it should / Some vehicle history
Very good Almost pristine / Mechanically & cosmetically sound / Driven only occasionally / Extensive vehicle history
Excellent Pristine / Original / Documented nut & bolt ground-up restoration / Stored professionally / Trailered only / Complete vehicle history