In the August Issue | Is This Alpina Wagon the Perfect Mix of a Sleeper and a Unicorn?

Staff
By Staff Writer
Jun 9, 2020 | BMW, wagon, Alpina, 535i

Photography Credit: Dirk De Jager

…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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300zxfreak
300zxfreak New Reader
6/9/20 1:19 p.m.

I just loves me some wagons !! Wish there were a 300ZX version, hmmmm........

David S. Wallens
David S. Wallens Editorial Director
6/9/20 3:06 p.m.
300zxfreak said:

I just loves me some wagons !! Wish there were a 300ZX version, hmmmm........

So I just Googled "300ZX shooting brake." Not only did I find something on our own site, but I wrote it. 

stuart in mn
stuart in mn MegaDork
6/9/20 5:02 p.m.

One of my friends used to own an e34 M5 Touring, now there's a car.

Adrian_Thompson (Forum Supporter)
Adrian_Thompson (Forum Supporter) MegaDork
6/9/20 6:39 p.m.

If it's an Alpina, it's going to be two pedal.  I'm fine with that, but I can already hear the cry of pain from the hive.

stuart in mn
stuart in mn MegaDork
6/9/20 7:31 p.m.

In reply to Adrian_Thompson (Forum Supporter) :

Back then you could get either manual or automatic transmissions in an Alpina.  The registry shows several B10 4.6 Tourings were built with manuals.  https://www.alpina-archive.com/?cat=406&nmt=e34-b10-46-touring

Adrian_Thompson (Forum Supporter)
Adrian_Thompson (Forum Supporter) MegaDork
6/10/20 7:30 a.m.

In reply to stuart in mn :

Wow, cool.  I honestly thought Alpina went all auto in the early 90's.

Fun fact, a friend and business associate of my dads had an E21 323 based Alpina back in the early 80's that I thought was 'the tits' as a teen.  I don't know Alpina nomenclature to be sure of the real title.  HAd the classic multi spoke wheels and the cool side graphics.

greggearhead
greggearhead Reader
6/10/20 11:09 a.m.

I'm partial to my E30 Touring with a Euro S50 swap.  Smaller, lighter, faster. 

 

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MadScientistMatt
MadScientistMatt PowerDork
6/10/20 11:48 a.m.
David S. Wallens said:

So I just Googled "300ZX shooting brake." Not only did I find something on our own site, but I wrote it. 

I was hoping to find that it wore a Pulsar Sportback tail; no such luck.

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