The Details

BMW E28 528i Alpina




  • Mileage: 64,778
  • Year: 1985
  • MOT Expiry: April 2019
  • Exterior Colour: Alpine White
  • Interior Colour: Anthracite Cloth Recaro
  • Top speed: 126
  • 0-60mph: 9.0
  • BHP: 181
  • Transmission: 5-Speed Dogleg Manual
  • Engine Capacity: 2788cc
  • Engine Configuration: Straight 6

Model History

Typewriters or fast cars; this was the choice for young Burkard, son of the German Bovensiepen family that by trade made typewriters. This was back in 1960s when, in the face of a disapproving German Automotive manufacturing industry, Burkard established his BMW tuning business, Alpina.

Since 1983 Alpina has been recognised by the German Federal Ministry of Transport as an automobile manufacturer, thus German Alpina-built cars are branded and registered as Alpina instead of BMW, although an Alpina can be bought and serviced at select UK BMW dealerships and covered if there is a warranty issue.

One of the first companies to become a full Alpina representative in the UK was Tom Walkinshaw Racing in Kidlington. Tom was racing BMWs at the time and so his involvement with Alpina came to be. Alpina Germany, however, was not yet active in the UK market with complete cars, only partly in modifications and visual enhancement of standard BMWs.

In 1983, after TWR stepped out of the Alpina and BMW business, Frank Sytner took charge of representing Alpina in the UK. Various Sytner BMW dealerships became directly involved with these cars, and even did conversions, for either Alpina or other specially equipped BMW cars. Most of these were very limited in production, and so these examples are now particularly rare and sought after.

When Sytner eventually convinced Alpina in Buchloe that there was a healthy market for complete Alpina cars in the UK, it was agreed that they had to be right-hand drive. Sytner were soon authorised by Alpina (who had only been manufacturing LHD cars) to carry out the UK conversions on their behalf. This was done at the Nottingham facility between the years 1983-1993.

The Alpina B2.8 was, unsurprisingly, based on the E28 528i. There were 18 official B2.8s built by Sytner as an "entry level" car to the Alpina experience. They were equipped with the factory 2.8-litre engine and fitted with an Alpina exhaust system that raised the power from 181 to 192hp. Other Alpina mods included uprated suspension and the usual cosmetic upgrades, such as front and rear spoilers, and Alpina alloy wheels. The genuine Alpina parts came from Germany but were fitted to the UK cars by Sytner BMW.


5-Speed dogleg gearbox, Alpina B2.8 badging, 16-inch Alpina alloy wheels, Alpina front air dam, Alpina rear spoiler, Alpina steering wheel, Alpina wooden gear knob, Alpina instrument cluster, Alpina decals, Side skirts and rear valance, Driving and fog lights in yellow, Recaro sports seats, Limited-slip differential (25%), Dynamic Stability Control (DSC), Central locking with antitheft system, Heated driver’s door mirror, Heated driver’s door lock, Electric tilt/slide sunroof, Electric windows front and rear, Rear head restraints, Headlight wash/wipe, On-board computer, Alloy spare wheel, Original BMW ribbed carpet mats, Complete BMW tool kit.


The E28’s Alpineweiss paintwork appears fresh throughout and looks particularly smart adorned with the classic blue/green Alpina livery. The body is very straight along both sides and all items of trim remain in exceptional condition, even on close inspection. The imposing front air dam is accented with body-coloured side skirts and a rear valance. The rear spoiler continues the purposeful aesthetic and presents very well, free from any cracking or wear. The bumpers are also in fine order front and rear; there are no scuffs on the corners and the brightwork retains a brilliant sheen.


The entire cabin is extremely well preserved, the only sign of use being a little patina to the original Alpina steering wheel. The wooden Alpina gear knob presents beautifully and the Recaro sports seats are immaculate. They are upholstered in anthracite cloth with no wear or marking to the deep bolsters. The rear seats are also pristine and are equipped with head restraints. Pleasingly the foot-wells are still protected by the original BMW overmats – a particularly rare find in E28s today – and in the boot you’ll find an unmarked carpet, a pristine spare wheel, and a complete BMW toolkit.


The engine bay is especially tidy having been well maintained from new. The car boasts an excellent service history with just a few thousand miles between each service. The under-bonnet area is very clean without being overly dressed and remains in superb original condition. There are no areas for concern with none of the usual corrosion in any of the common weak spots.


The open-lug Alpina alloys present immaculately throughout, with no curb marking or age-related wear to speak of. They are correctly finished with black centres and are shod in Dunlop tyres all round. Between the spokes the brake discs appear in fine fettle, showing plenty of meat left.

History File

The E28 was first registered in January 1985. It was sold through Sorensons Motors Ltd who went on to look after the car for the next 18 years, ensuring the correct BMW maintenance was carried out at the close mileage intervals listed below. The stamped Owner’s Manual/Service Booklet is backed up with a number of BMW invoices and inspection reports that are still present in the history file.

The car was originally supplied by Sorensons Motors as a 528i SE but was soon prepared to Alpina B2.8 specification at the first owner's request. It is understood that he had his heart set on an Alpina although he was unable to acquire one brand new. The genuine Alpina parts were supplied and fitted by BMW, although not by Sytner in this case.

1,421 miles – Running-in inspection
4,585 miles – Inspection I
7,967 miles – Inspection II
11,728 miles – Inspection I
14,235 miles – Inspection II
19,273 miles – Inspection I
25,505 miles – Oil service
28,498 miles – Inspection II
34,099 miles – Inspection I
37,987 miles – Oil service
44,064 miles – Inspection II
50,563 miles – Inspection II
55,640 miles – Inspection I
59,186 miles – Oil service
62,668 miles – Inspection II
64,772 miles – Oil service

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