Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Classic 13" Tires (Michelin, Pirelli, Phoenix)

From top to bottom we have the "Phoenix Stahlflex 3011" tire.  I had a set of these on my first 2002 and I can testify they were everything advertised.  Next in line is the "Michelin XDX" you can still get these in the 185/70 VR 13 size, however they are like $450/ea., pretty stinking pricey for a 13" tire.  Last is the "Pirelli Cinturato CN-36" another great tire I had on my '73tii (Vin 2763503), polaris silver mounted on four ALPINA 6x13 alloy wheels.  Great look, great ride, great handling.  Pirelli started making this tire again unfortunately not in 13" diameter.  The Porsche guys lucked out as they are available in the 185/70 VR 15 size.

ALPINA A2/3 (320 Series)

I really like these early 3 series ALPINA cars.  Great old black and white on top with the ALPINA in the snow and the guy and gal in their ALPINA rallye jackets after a "rough" day of skiing -almost looks like he has matching pants as well???  On these early cars they typically ran 6x13 front alloys and 6.5x13 rear alloys, you can tell for sure on the red car and green car, the green car appears to have Pirelli Cinturato CN-36's on it as well.  On these 3-series cars, the crank case would be stamped with a number as well as + A2/3 +.......  The cylinder heads always had their own four digit number, which on this one appears to be 3916.  At 155 BHP you really weren't losing much to the injected cars.

Link to ALPINA A2/3 Motor Auction
ALPINA A2/3 Engine Specifications:
A2 320 (7/75-8/77)
Type: inline watercooled 4
Engine code:  M10 B20
Displacement cc:  1990
Valve Operation:  SOHC
Camshaft (degrees):  300
Compression Ratio:  9.5 : 1
Max Torque:  173Nm @ 5500
BHP:  155 @ 6900
Injection / Carburetor:  Solex 45 DDH
Weight (kgs):  1060
Maximum Speed (kph):  208
Acceleration 0-100 kph:  7.8
Total cars built*: 113

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

ALPINA A4/3 Air Box Conversion

The ALPINA A4/3 (3 series) Air Boxes seem to come available much more often than the same box for the 2002 - they are not interchangeable however.  You will note the major differences in the pictures above.  You can also see the 02 box in some of my earlier posts.  The sketch above (thanks to my friend Lars) can help you fabricate a new lower box portion for the A4 filter. 

Monday, April 26, 2010

BMW ALPINA "Borrani" Steel Wheels

Up for auction is an early set of "Borrani" steel wheels for use on the BMW 1600-2002 tii, 5.5" x 13".  These are great period wheels.  I had a set just like them although I believe mine were 6"x13" (? - can't remember now), on the chassis of an ALPINA A4 touring (clone), very nice car.  Throw on a set of "Phoenix Stahlflex 3011" 185/70 VR 13 tires or Pirelli Cinturato CN-36's and you would be in business.  The seller is incorrect I believe on the center caps, they are a special size and very hard to come by.

LINK to 13" Classic Tires

ALPINA B2/S Induction System (6 Cylinder 3.0 CS/L - E9)

Seems like lately these have been coming up for auction which is somewhat unusual I think, this is maybe the third or fourth I have seen in the past few months.   I would definitely be interested if I had a CS/L in aquiring a set up like this.  Unlike some of the previous, this one has three (3) 45mm Weber carburettors (as opposed to the Solex 45's).

Friday, April 23, 2010

Early ALPINA 2002 "Cannister" Style Air Box (For Sale)

I noticed an auction on Ebay for this early style ALPINA "cannister" air box for a multi-carburetted car.  Very similar to the 2002ti (who knows mabe the same), definitely has the period "patina".

Early ALPINA Air Box Auction Link

Thursday, April 22, 2010

Niki Lauda (BMW-ALPINA Factory Driver)

When most folks think of Niki Lauda they probably think of Formula 1 - rightfully so. Lauda was a great F1 winning World Driving Championships in 1975, 1977 and 1984. Lauda drove for ALPINA off and on early in his carrer piloting both ALPINA 2002's and ALPINA 3.0CSL's. A week before the 1976 German Grand Prix at the fearsome Nürburgring Nordschleife (even though he was the fastest driver on the circuit at that time), Lauda tried to boycott the circuit, largely due to the safety arrangements. Most of the other drivers voted against it and the race went ahead. On the second lap at the very fast left kink before Bergwerk, Lauda's Ferrari swerved off the track, due to a suspected rear suspension failure, hit an embankment and rolled back into the path of Brett Lunger's Surtees-Ford car. Lauda's Ferrari burst into flames, but, unlike Lunger, he was trapped in the wreckage. Drivers Arturo Merzario, Guy Edwards and Harald Ertl arrived at the scene a few moments later, but before they and Lunger were able to pull Lauda from his car, he suffered severe burns to his head and inhaled hot toxic gases that damaged his lungs and blood. Although Lauda was conscious and able to stand immediately after the accident, he later lapsed into a coma and a priest administered the last rites

Thursday, April 15, 2010

The "Ultimate" Street BMW 2002?

I put a question mark next to that statement because of course because what I or someone else might consider to be the "ultimate" BMW 2002 can differ greatly depending on what your taste is.  Maybe its an 02 with an M3 motor, or 6 cylinder turbo (the possibilites are endless of course with the 2002 model).  I have to say that this might be my favorite, I love the color, the Schnitzer box flares work great with the BBS wheels AND it has a SCHNITZER 20-4 rallyemotor in it.  This is my friend Dieters' car (Germany).  Here is some of the story on the car.....

"am a big fan of the 2002 since many years. In our Family we got the first 2002 in 1969. In 1972 my mother bought a 2002 “Koepchen” with all the things that my mother needs (my brother and I think so …) Wide fenders, 160 HP Engine, five gears, limited slip rear axle, and so on. After some years my brother bought the car and than we changed the car completely to the 1974 version. In 1981 the car was mine!!! But the power of 160 “Koepchen” PS wasn’t enough for me. So I was looking for more power. The best engine at that time was the Schnitzer 20-4 Rallye version. I bought a couple of parts and after some years and with help from Schnitzer (Charly Lamm) I got a strong (215 PS) and reliable engine. The car is road legal and we use it to drive in our holidays to Corsica. This is a distance of 4200 Km and we make it without any problems! We did this twice plus a nice trip to France, also more than 3000 Km. The engine is now running for 15 Years and has done 50.000 km.

ALPINA A4/S Schmiedekolben ("Forging Piston")

This is the MAHLE piston used in the ALPINA A4/S that has the "hemispherical" combustion chamber.  Nothing super special, domed piston with valve pockets cut in the top of the piston.  Typically for street cars they ran these motors at 10.0:1 CR.  I saved one of these for myself from my ALPINA A3 motor (#1292) so that I could some day if need be have a new set made for myself. A couple of these are currently for sale on Ebay.

Thursday, April 1, 2010

ALPINA B2 (3.0 CS, CSL, E3, E9, E12) Kit for Sale

These don't come up for sale often and when they do they cost $$$ (or should I say ...€€€), Eur 5,000 BIN on this set-up.  Air Box, Plenum's, 45mm Solex DDHE Carbs and Manifolds (no linkage that I could see) and will ship Worldwide! Currently No bids.....
Link to ALPINA B2 Carburettor Kit Auction


Likely to be the only NOS ALPINA A4 motor in the world.  Not for sale unfortunately.  At the ALPINA factory they have a display of a number of engines that they have produced over the years, and of course the A4 motor has to be the best looking of them all with its "rote trichter" funnels (trumpets), what a great display item.