Story by Johan Dillen

You expect stripes, but there aren’t any. You expect exclusivity, but you don’t detect that, either. But for some time, this unassuming creation was the fastest wagon available on the market. Full stop. 

Ohne is the German word for without. It appears a few times on the order form of this 1994 Alpina B10 4.6 Touring: ohne decorative stripes, ohne badges on the tailgate, ohne the Alpina name tag. 

As sleepers go, this one very much sets the standard. If you saw it parked on the street, you’d walk straight past it. But then, out of the corner of your eye, you’d notice how the wheels were protruding a bit more than you’d expect from a standard 535i. 

Yes, it has the Alpina wheels, but you’ve seen those on a 525i as well, haven’t you? But then, at the front, the spoiler takes away your last doubts. Wait a minute, there is something going on here, isn’t there? 

There sure is. If you purchased this car in 1994, you had just bought the fastest wagon on the market—a privilege only 19 people got to enjoy. And this owner did everything he could to outwardly conceal that fact.

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350z247
350z247 Reader
2/15/21 1:47 p.m.

I absolutely love BMW, but Alpina has just never appealed to me. This is definitely a great wagon, but I'd much rather have an M5.

edwardyork
edwardyork New Reader
2/16/21 8:02 a.m.

Tool kits are indispensable for any canoe owner. Sooner or later, you will need to use a wrench or a ratchet. Besides, you can save money if you fix your canoe. With a decent range of tools, any repair task is feasible. No more frustration due to a bolt you cannot reach. So, what makes the best canoe tool kit?

AaronT
AaronT Reader
2/16/21 8:47 a.m.

In reply to edwardyork :

I do find that a nice set of tools is invaluable when converting my autocross car into a canoe!

David S. Wallens
David S. Wallens Editorial Director
2/16/21 5:48 p.m.

In reply to AaronT :

And that account's been disabled. But funny post.

So, kinda related, yesterday I saw an E39 "M5 estate" that's a friend's shop recently sold. I shouldn't see those kinds of things.

Slippery (Forum Supporter)
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2/16/21 6:02 p.m.
350z247 said:

I absolutely love BMW, but Alpina has just never appealed to me. This is definitely a great wagon, but I'd much rather have an M5.

I really like old school Alpinas ... anything before and including e30s, I lust for. 

I actually have all the parts to convert my e30 to a C1 Alpina clone. Most of the parts are nla, luckily I bought everything 10 or so years ago, including the stripe kit. I need to get my stuff together and install it. 





 

Slippery (Forum Supporter)
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2/16/21 6:05 p.m.

This to me is beautiful:

Keith Tanner
Keith Tanner GRM+ Memberand MegaDork
2/16/21 6:16 p.m.

To answer the original question: "Is This Alpina Wagon the Perfect Mix of a Sleeper and a Unicorn?"

I think a strong case could be made. Practical, fast, invisible and oh-so-rare.

I agree that the existence of Alpina is a bit odd given the strength of BMW's M division especially in the 80's and 90's. But hey, this wagon floats my boat.

350z247
350z247 Reader
2/16/21 6:43 p.m.

It's like Ruf vs the GT cars. I'm happy that Ruf exists, but I'd rather have a GT3.

Slippery (Forum Supporter)
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2/16/21 6:44 p.m.

In reply to Keith Tanner :

Alpina in Germany is one of the few companies that is considered a manufacturer. They assign their own VIN given that they would completely rework the car. 

They have an extensive racing history stretching back to the 60's. Some people chose them instead of an M as there really were no Ms until the mid to late 80s other than an M1. For example, I would much rather have an Alpina B3, or even a C2 2.7, than an e30 M3. 

In the late 90s they started doing more cosmetic upgrades and maybe going into the dme for power instead of reworking the engine internally. 

Slippery (Forum Supporter)
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2/16/21 6:57 p.m.
350z247 said:

It's like Ruf vs the GT cars. I'm happy that Ruf exists, but I'd rather have a GT3.

But back in the 80s or early 90s when this wagon came out ... there was no 911 GTanything. 

350z247
350z247 Reader
2/16/21 7:03 p.m.

In reply to Slippery (Forum Supporter) :

That was just an additional example. As I said before, I prefer the M division cars to Alpina. I'm glad Alpina exists, but they just aren't for me.

stuart in mn
stuart in mn MegaDork
2/16/21 7:34 p.m.
Keith Tanner said:

To answer the original question: "Is This Alpina Wagon the Perfect Mix of a Sleeper and a Unicorn?"

I think a strong case could be made. Practical, fast, invisible and oh-so-rare.

Works for me.  I would happily drive that car every day.

David S. Wallens
David S. Wallens Editorial Director
2/16/21 9:23 p.m.

In reply to Slippery (Forum Supporter) :

Do it. 

David S. Wallens
David S. Wallens Editorial Director
2/17/21 11:13 a.m.

Also, I might have spent a portion of last night looking at BMW wagons online. Hmmmm....

maj75 (Forum Supporter)
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4/10/21 7:18 p.m.

I owned a '94 540i M Sport with the 6 speed manual.  I never drove an M5 from that era, but that 540i was a nice car.  Comfortable enough to daily, fast and with good handling for a big sedan.  Mine had low miles and I sold,it for more than I paid.  A wagon version would have been awesome!

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