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.

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.’

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?’


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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.

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.

Up For Auction: 1955 Mercedes-Benz 300 SL Gullwing

There aren’t many cars going around these days that carry the prestige of the Mercedes-Benz 300 SL Gullwing. A Beautiful mix or racing performance and design beauty, the Gullwing tends to sit at the top of many serious car collector’s lists. And, fortunately for you, there’s one for private sale on RM Sotheby’s right now.

The first inception of the 300 SL was in the form of the WI94 sports racer in 1952. This was a competition car, which was determined to put Mercedes-Benz on the map as a competitive racing company. Mercedez-Benz did just that when, in 1952, their car won both Le Mans and Carrera Panamericana. With these victories, the 300 SL WI94 gained unequal renowned for its driving ability across the world. It’s next frontier? The world of private road sales.300 SL Gullwing

This frontier was headed by the American importer, Max Hoffman, who understood there was a strong potential market for the 300 SL. Although the car was tight and compact, it required a little more accessibility. Enter the roof-hinged doors and the title of ‘Gullwing’. This was an appealing look to American and European customers alike, who were keen to see what they could do behind the wheel of the 300 SL Gullwing. The car was introduced at the International Motor Sports show in New York in 1954, beginning a new era in road-worthy sports cars and securing Mercedes-Benz domination of that market.

300 SL Gullwing

300 SL Gullwing

300 SL Gullwing

This beautiful example was a result of Hoffman’s push to bring the 300 SL Gullwing to the roads. Adding to its prior driving excellence, Mercedes-Benz included mechanical fuel injection, increasing the power capabilities of the vehicle by 44 hp. The Gullwing can reach a top speed of 150 miles per hour (241 km/h), a very capable speed for the time and more than enough for today. This specific model was delivered to Max Hoffman’s dealership in New York in 1955 and has since accumulated a mere 82,395 km on the odometer. The current owner has been in possession of the 300 SL Gullwing for 20 years, adding a range of restorations including the reversal to this neat grey-silver colouring.


300 SL Gullwing

300 SL Gullwing

300 SL Gullwing

Inside potential buyers will find the blue-white criss-cross plaid of the seats, along with superb leather lining. And if that isn’t enough to get you over the line, this Mercedes-Benz 300 SL Gullwing will come with its own original two-piece luggage arrangement. The vehicle is currently offered on RM Sotheby’s website, listed as a private sale for $1,200,000 USD (roughly $1,698,136 AUD). Such a unique historical embodiment of the Mercedes-Benz brand will certainly be difficult to come by again.

For last week’s ‘Up For Auction’, see the 1995 Bentley Azure Mark I.

Up For Auction: 1995 Bentley Azure Mark I

Ahh, the 90s – Nickelodeon, Seinfeld, Nintendo 64, and the golden age of hip-hop. If you were a fan of the latter (which I hope you were), you would recognise this 1995 Bentley Azure Mark I bouncing along in the hottest music videos of the time. See below, Jay Z in his prime.

1995 Bentley Azure Mark 1

Well, now you can relive all the glory of the 90s, thanks to an auction held by Lloyds. This auction is a result of the tragic shut down of the Gosford Classic Car Museum – a national icon and the largest private car collection in the Southern Hemisphere. But in all bad there is good, and vice versa. This 1995 Bentley Azure Mark I is a prime example of the good.

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There’s a reason rappers love this car: Bentley is the undeniable king of luxury driving. To drive a Bentley is to drive the embodiment of vehicular opulence. This particular edition is fitted with a solid 6.8-litre V8 engine – plenty of honest oomph that won’t take away from the notorious smoothness of the Bentley Azure. This smoothness is ensured thanks to the sports-tuned suspension, guaranteeing top-notch stability and maneuverability.

No Bentley would be complete without a stunning leather interior. The innards of the 1995 Bentley Azure Mark I are no exception, with Conolly Magnolia ivory leather offering a supreme comfort experience, while the perfectly polished veneers reinforce an air of aristocracy. The deep, British Racing Green is unmistakably very 90s and very Bentley. The hand-crafted expertise that has been applied to this car make it a true beauty to behold.

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And if you’re concerned about the 90s-era technology, then you’ll be pleased to know that Bentley was ahead of its time during the release. The Bentley Azure comes with heated seats, power locks, power windows, power tilt wheel, a power top, auto climate control, cruise control, AM/FM/CD stereo, mesh grille with chrome surround and polished chrome wheels. Its all your 90s dreams come true.

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The car also comes complete with all previous history of service as well as log books, guaranteeing the 1995 Bentley Azure Mark I has maintained its winning function. This spectacular rarity can still hit top speeds of up to 241 km/h and can do 0-100 km/h in 6.5 seconds. Not bad for a beautiful antique vehicle.

1995 Bentley Azure Mark 1

The1995 Bentley Azure Mark I is currently up for auction on Lloyds with a current bid of $94,000 AUD. There’s still about 30 days (from the date of this publication) until all bids are finalised, so gather those 90s savings and get in quick.

See last week’s Up For Auction: 1978 Porsche 911 Turbo.

Car images courtesy of Lloyds.

Up For Auction: 1978 Porsche 911 Turbo

This is the first in a weekly series that includes the best luxury cars around the world currently up for auction. 

When the Porsche 911 Turbo hit the market in the late ’70s, it carried one particular mission – to be the most capable sports car on the planet. Certainly, Porsche’s first supercar did that and so much more. Over 40 years later, this vehicle is still presented as one of the most enjoyable and thrilling little experiences available to motoring enthusiasts.

With a classic 3.3 litre, flat-six engine, Porsche 911 Turbo buyers of the day were keen to leave the many additional trappings Porsche provides with its cars behind in favour of extra maneuverability and less weight. The original buyer of this vehicle chose to eliminate the sunroof in order to increase performance. This resulted in a stiffer roof and body and would mean less flex during hard turns.

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This Porsche 911 Turbo was originally bought in Boulder, Colorado and was equipped with the Sports Seats and Pirelli tyres that buyers were accustomed to. The ‘triple-black’ colour detail is a thing of minimalist beauty, showing what Porsche can do in all the right lights. The size and power of the vehicle also made it an ideal racing car for the time, although the current consigner states it has no known racing history. This past under-appreciation is again noted with the incredibly low driving distance of just 33, 125 miles (about 53, 300 km).


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The original owner held the car for almost 20 years before selling it in 1997. In total, this Porsche 911 Turbo has passed through the hands of five different owners, all of whom have kept it in the superb condition you see here. The aesthetics, such as the interior and the paint have been relatively untouched but are in undeniably pristine condition, with no report of past breakages. However, the mechanical components have been described as having a ‘complete’ overhaul in 2011. The tyres were also replaced in 2013 and the car has been recently serviced.

This particularly rare, ‘triple-black’, sun-roofless one of kind Porshe 911 Turbo comes with a Porsche Production Specifications certificate, owner’s manual, correct spare tyre, and a handy piece of documentation detailing the last 20 years of its life.

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The 1978 Porsche 911 Turbo will be auctioned off on the 9th of March, 2019 on Amelia’s Island. RM Sotheby’s expect a selling price between $135,000 – $155,000 USD.

Photography by Alex Stuart, courtesy of RM Sotheby’s.