Allrad Touring: 1995 BMW Alpina B10 Wagon – SOLD!
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February 1, 2023, Update – We confirmed the seller of this “Classifind” deleted their listing, so we’re now able to call this one “SOLD!” While this one got away, please reach out either by email or call us directly if you’d like to be informed when we come across something similar.
The rush to import gray-market vehicles, now legal for importation, has seen some very curious cars and trucks arrive stateside. By curious, I mean why in the heck would you even bother kinds of vehicles? Well, in the case of this subject car, I fully approve of the seller’s decision to bring this one to our side of the pond. It’s an Alpina-built BMW E34 wagon that also happens to be a rare all-wheel-drive version. There can’t be many of these running around anywhere but especially here in the states, where even the E34 Touring that was sold here is hard to find. You’ll find the Alpina B10 “Allrad” wagon was last listed on Craigslist in January 2023 in Willowbrook, Illinois, for $28,500. Comparing that price against the Classic.com model guide isn’t really apples-to-apples as the guide doesn’t account for a European-market Alpina car, but the average sale price is still $22,246.
The most frequent BMW wagon imports seem to be either the E34-chassis M5 wagon or the E36 3-Series wagon. Both are fine choices and will net the importer a fair price when it comes time to sell. The wagon fascination in the U.S. is limited to European car enthusiasts who lament that so much has been done to make the wagon body style irrelevant in the current marketplace. It’s a shame because a wagon makes a lot of sense for 90 percent of the population, and there are few things cooler than a fast wagon sitting on fat wheels with huge brakes. Over in Europe, the wagon hasn’t been abandoned to nearly the same extent as we’ve done here in the states. One of the more startling statistics I’ve seen lately is how few Jaguar XF Sportbrakes were sold in recent years, with Road & Track reporting that Porsche sold more $845,000 918 Spyders than Jaguar sold wagons. Ouch.
The 777 Garage YouTube Channel features this modern-day overview of a European spec Alpina B10:
But don’t let the blindness of the masses fool you; wagons really are cool. The Sportbrake example notwithstanding (also, it bears mentioning that I literally never saw a single Sportbrake on my local dealer’s lot, and they sell a lot of Jaguars), the wagon will forever find favor with enthusiasts. This highly-optioned E34 wagon looks like a smoking deal compared to ponying up for a gray-market M5 long roof. The most obvious attraction is the Alpina build heritage, which makes it just one of 70 examples breathed on by the legendary factory tuner. The seller doesn’t detail the upgrades made by Alpina, but I would count on some better engine breathing and perhaps a hotter camshaft. We don’t see many all-wheel-drive Alpinas, so this E34 really is a standout in many ways – it also appears to be in excellent condition despite showing 130,000 miles.
Here’s the seller’s description:
“Euro imported 1995 Alpina B10 Allrad Touring based on the 525ix, an all-wheel-drive 5-speed manual transmission. #24 of 70
Vin: WAP BA3 OTO 4E31 0024
-1xlight adjustment motor
-cleaning of headlight (disassembly and cleaning)
-new oil filter
-new air and cabin filter
-new alternator regulator
-1x Brake caliper
-new Cuff front wheel driveshaft
-1xnew tie rod
Located in Chicago, IL“
Rare E34: would you pony up for a real-deal M5 Touring or go with this Alpina B10 Allrad?