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Alpina Special: 1983 BMW C1 2.3

1986 BMW Alpina C1 2.3

Have you been looking for a sporty and fun BMW to hit the roads in this summer, but want something more unique and interesting than an M3? Take a look at this beautiful Alpina built C1 2.3! It is based on the E21 that has been extensively modified for performance. There aren’t many of these around, some say between 30 and 40 were built, and I’m sure there are even few that are still in this nice of condition. You can find this preserved Bavarian here on eBay in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

1986 BMW Alpina C1 2.3 Interior

While the exact number of C1 2.3s built is unknown, they are definitely rare. When was the last time you saw one of these on the road? I can honestly say, I haven’t ever seen one of these in person, but I sure would like to!

1986 BMW Alpina C1 2.3 Engine

To build the C1, Alpina took an E21, installed all their usual suspension and wheel upgrades. They also dropped a more powerful engine under the hood. The body and interior also received some special treatments. The bright green and blue graphics on this car might be a bit much for some, but I like it!

1986 Alpina C1 2.3

This 60k mile survivor looks to be in great shape throughout and should be an absolute blast to drive. It’s 170 horsepower might not seem like much, but for 1983 it’s pretty impressive for a small car like this one. I sure would enjoy owning this rare BMW, if only I could afford it! Special thanks to our friends over at BoldRide for this tip!


  1. Joe Nose

    I remember these well. Esp the side graphics which looked just like my Rossi skis.

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  2. boxdin

    Bought a new 318.i in 1978 for $9995.00. Nice car wish I still had it.

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  3. Dolphin Member

    The first time I drove an E21 I thought the steering and chassis were terrific, especially for that time, but although the little 4-cylinder was smooth it was too mild-mannered. I’m guessing that if I drove one of these, the performance would have been very different—to the upside.

    Love the looks, but it travels way above the radar. At a BMW meet that would be great, but on the road I think I would prefer something more subtle.

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  4. Jeff Staff

    I would do bad, bad things for the seats.

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  5. Greg S

    It’s sad that here in California any car built after 1973 must meet California’s strict smog compliance laws. That rules out so many great cars.

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  6. Rando

    Love this generation of 3-series. To my eye, these and the rest of the BMW line from early 70s looked the best. The 2002s, the 3.0 coupes, etc. I have a friend who was collecting BMWs in the 80s and 90s. I helped him keep them up and got to drive a lot of them. Nice cars. He offered me a Bavaria that was his wife’s daily driver and I went for a cheaper Audi Fox instead. Yes I was an idiot.

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