Up For Auction: 1987 BMW Alpina B7 Turbo Coupé

Only 130 B7 Turbos were built on BMW’s E24 6 Series Chasis and drivetrain. This BMW Alpina B7 Turbo Coupé model is even rarer, with only 17 of its kind ever produced. But there’s a glaringly obvious feature of this car that makes it stand out even more: a deep, blood-red interior that is sure to stun all who enter the vehicle.

Alpina B7

This BMW Alpina B7 Turbo isn’t particularly powerful, nor does it claim to be. The car has a mere 320 horsepower but can produce considerable torque at a lower RPM, with 520 nm at 2,400 RPM. There’s also an engine compression of 7.45:1. But enthusiasts believe that these low levels of power don’t make the car less desirable. On the contrary, the BMA Alpina B7 Turbos, according to the seller ‘are very highly sought after in Alpina circles due to their rarity and lower-end grunt, making for more tractable performance.’

Aplina B7 Motor

But the main selling point of this car clearly isn’t its power output. Due to its unique design philosophy and near-overwhelming aesthetic traits, the BMW Alpina B7 Turbo would have to be one of the most charismatic vehicles to ever grace the lots of RM Sotheby’s. It’s raw, unapologetic, and turns every kind of head – from the seasoned motoring enthusiast to the nonchalant kid on his L’s. It’s the type of car that begs the question: ‘What the hell was that thing?’

Aplina B7 Interior


That blood-red leather trimming you can spot on the inside was done post-Alpina construction, and I trust it wasn’t a decision that would have been made lightly. From the steering wheel to the sound system, everything is red, red, red (with only the occasional black accent to match the outside of the car). The exterior is a dangerous midnight black, hovering over custom Alpina wheels, lending it a solid presence in any carpark.

Aplina B7

This one-of-a-kind 1987 BMW Alpina B7 Turbo is currently listed on RM Sotheby’s on lot 217. It’s expected to sell for anywhere between €140,000 – €160,000 (roughly $224,000 – $256,000 AUD).

For last week’s ‘Up For Auction’, see this immaculate 1955 Mercedes-Benz 300 SL Gullwing.


Jay is a writer and content producer for The Versatile Gent.