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Alpina B10 3.3 Touring Switch-Tronic





Engine Capacity

Exterior Colour

Service History



Anthracite Grey

Full History




Interior Colour

Previous owners

70,000 miles


Black leather


    he e39 5 Series dramatically raised the bar for all automotive manufacturers in the luxury saloon class. Even the modest models of E39 had rave reviews from the contemporary press. This model of 5 series saw the first massive leap forward in chassis and suspension design that had become a little dated on previous models. This enabled almost sports car level of road-holding without the rock hard, bone jarring suspension that was starting to afflict all cars at the turn of this century. 

Finally, the 6 cylinder models saw the introduction of rack and pinion steering, sharpening up the steering to 3 series standards and waving goodbye to the rather dated steering box. Vague 5 series steering was a thing of the past.  Alpina cars of the time benefitted from none run-flat tyres, blended with the all new suspension design, enabling the sportier models of 5 series to retain compliance in the springs and dampers. One finds oneself doing a rain dance, when it is possible to find wet weather grip levels never previously enjoyed on large super-saloons. 

As usual, Alpina got it right! They took what as an already brilliant product and without detracting from the original car or losing the limousine levels of refinement, the Alpina B10 offered that extra sporting edge for the driving enthusiast.

Alpina worked their magic on the already legendary 3.0 litre, four valve per cylinder, twin cam engine with variable valve timing. Capacity was increased to 3.3 litres, larger valves, Alpina camshafts, Alpina pistons, Alpina conrods, Alpina crankshaft, lightened Alpina flywheel, Alpina inlet manifold and injection, Alpina exhaust system, raising power to 280 BHP and 335 Nm or toque. Power is delivered through Alpina ’s now legendary 5 Speed Switch-Tronic gearbox. Alpina springs and dampers were added along with the famous 18” Alpina wheels. Alpina instruments immediately stand out to the driver as does the attention to detail inside with additional Alpina trim. Externally Alpina aerodynamics were added with the option of the now iconic Alpina Stripes. 


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Owned by a very close friend of ours at Classic Heroes and fastidious collector. As is his way, the car was delivered to us with his usual simple instruction. It must want for nothing; I want the best. Following an inspection of the car, a program of work was drawn up. This was to take care of any obvious age-related mechanical faults but also fully future proof the car both mechanically and structurally, ensuring total corrosion protection and no nasty surprises going forward. The owner is intolerant of classic car failures and like us, puts this down to poor age-related maintenance.  There is far too much to list here but below is a summary of the work carried out to ensure this Alpina fitted in to his collection.  Underside photographs available on request. 

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New battery

New Alpina Stripes

Wheel refurbish with new Alpina badges

Four new Continental tyres

Steering wheel re-trimmed

New rear suspension bushes

New front suspension bushes

New front suspension arms

New roll bar links 

New rear suspension pipe

New rear air springs

All new brake hoses

Rebuilt front and rear brake calipers

New brake pads

New coolant hoses, heater hoses, thermostat and water pump

New coolant hoses, heater hoses,

thermostat and water pump

New PAS hydraulic pipes

New poly belts

New cam cover gaskets 

New fuel hoses

New wiper blades

New Vanos oil pipe

Four-wheel alignment

New door membranes

All new tailgate gas struts

New o/s/f door seal

Air condition check and service 

New engine under tray

All under trays, wheel arch liners and splash shields removed. Car thoroughly washed underneath and inspected. Original underside product replaced as necessary and car and cavities treated with clear cavity wax.  


BMW E39 Alpina B10 3.3 Touring Switch-Tronic

August 2002

70,000 Miles

5 Owners 

Full and documented service history

Anthracite Grey metallic paint

High gloss exterior trim 

Black leather

Sports seats

Heated seats

Alpina Aerodynamics

Alpina Exhaust 

3.3 Alpina motor

18” Alpina Wheels 

Alpina Stripes

Alpina Suspension

Self-levelling suspension

Dynamic stability control

Alpina Multi-function steering wheel

Alpina interior trim

BMW Alarm

Automatic tailgate closure

Top tint screen

Electric glass sunroof

Rear door blinds 

Rear blind / luggage cover


Interior mirror auto dimming

Headlight cleaning 

Xenon headlights

Automatic Air Conditioning

On-board Computer

BMW Business radio

6 CD changer


This Alpina will be handed over to the new owner having had a final PDI and new MOT. Packed in the car will be the superb document file, spare keys, tools, build sheet, all original manuals, service book and Alpina service wallet. 

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Please call Barney for full details of this unique car