1985 BMW / Alpina C1/1 – 2.3 #0199. Unusual early E30 Alpina sedan with 5-speed manual transmission. Sold new in Germany – grey-market import into Japan in 1988. Well-graded – cond. 4 with only 65,082 kilometers.
Nice article from The Drive – buy-this-1985-alpina-c1-2-3-bmw-thats-lived-in-japan-since-1988
Interior is in very great shape – nice Recaro seats and uncracked dash. Good door panels, etc.
Exterior looks very good – nice paint and Alpina stripes have aged well. Alpina front and rear spoiler are in good condition.
Car was originally delivered as a 320 but built up at Alpina C1 2.3 and now reported to be 2.5 liters – with the expected Alpina header & hot camshaft. Sounds incredible and runs very well. Transmission and clutch feel great. Nice suspension and steering.
Still a couple small items to attend to – front tires have aged and due for brakes. Some isolated rust around L/R taillight and nearby rear upper trunk lip and sunroof panel. Right rear window regulator and some minor Japanese-wiring cleanup – stereo / card readers / etc.
Really neat car that’s very well priced.