Alpina Burkard Bovensiepen GmbH & Co. KG is a German car manufacturer, which produces cars, based on BMW models. It’s located in Buchloe, in the Ostallgau district of Bavaria. more
The company was created in 1965 by Burkard Bovensiepen. The name was taken from Burkard’s father’s company, producing office machinery, which was closed in 1960s. The work of the company was primarily based on carburetors and revised cylinder heads. In 1967, Alpina established its trademark and logo. In 1960s-1970s, Alpina models took part in numerous motorsports competitions and managed to win the European Touring Car Championship, the German Hillclimb Championship, Spa 24 Hours, rally and track racing championships. However, in 1988, the company decided not to take part in competitions any more.
In 1983, the company was registered as an independent manufacturer by the German Federal Ministry of Transport. Since then, its cars are called Alpina despite the fact that they are based on BMW models and can be serviced by official BMW dealers.
The main distinctive features of Alpina cars are the more expanded use of compressors, changes to the piston engine group, use of additional intercoolers, the reduction of the vehicle weight and application of aerodynamic components of their own production. Moreover, the brand focuses more at luxury and uses expensive interior materials. One more trademark of Alpina is a thin, pinstriped style outside body decor set in gold or silver.