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2002 BMW Alpina B10 V8S (E39)

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  • Mileage~146,064
  • TransmissionAutomatic
  • Engine4.8L
  • LocationColchester


2002 BMW Alpina B10 V8S (E39)

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Dom Ginn
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The E39 B10 V8S is an understated powerhouse, blending German engineering excellence with bespoke craftsmanship.

Launched in 1997, the Alpina B10 V8 was an inconspicuous, high-performance saloon based on the BMW 540i (E39) platform. The B10 V8 was one of the most successful cars in Alpina's history, with over ~1,300 cars sold. The B10 V8 was more sophisticated and exclusive than the regular 5 series, and a great deal of work went into the car to make it a truly bespoke sports saloon. Fitted with lowered suspension, new anti-roll bars, upgraded brakes, and a twin-pipe sports exhaust, the B10 was certainly a rapid super saloon. Alpina is more than just a badge; it's a higher level of engineering and design.

For the last model year of the E39, Alpina introduced the B10 V8S at the Geneva Motor Show, adding extra power and performance capabilities, masterfully combined with M5 levels of power, comfort, and subtle upgrades. The name Alpina has always had a mystical appeal among BMW enthusiasts. Not only are Alpina's a rare sight on the roads, but they also encompass sophistication, style, and an abundance of power.

This example comes to market with previous BMW service history and has covered less than ~1,500 miles in the last ~5 years. It shows that this E39 has been well looked after. Above all, it's a rare example of incredible engineering and performance, with only an estimated ~200 of these V8S cars ever being produced and even fewer available in RHD. This one is available to drive and enjoy straight away by the future owner.

This listing was written from information supplied by Dom after meeting Graeme the owner, and having visited and photographed the vehicle.

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Meet the owner

A beautiful drive and a great amount of power under the bonnet, the Alpina is everything I could want.

Having won the car in a competition, owning the Alpina was a dream come true for the current owner, Graeme. "It was an incredible feeling getting the call to say I'd won. I couldn't believe I would be driving the E39. I'm a big fan of the V8 power, and the car handles beautifully".

Although Graeme has enjoyed the car over the past few months, he is about to emigrate to Spain, and so the car comes to sale with us. Graeme will be available to answer any questions about the car in the comments below.

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The distinctive yet subtle Alpina touches, enhance the BMW's visual appeal and set it apart it as a true enthusiast's choice.

Wheels and Tyres

The B10 V8S comes with gorgeous 19" 20-spoke alloy wheels on each corner. The front wheels have 245/35 Michelin Pilot Super Sport tyres, date coded from 2012, while the rears are fitted with 275/30 Michelin Pilot Super Sport tyres, date coded from 2014. All appear to be in good condition. Located in the boot is a 19" Alpina spare wheel with a 245/35 Michelin Pilot Sport tyre.

We didn't observe any signs of damage worth noting to the wheels, with only minor signs of age noted on the Alpina branded wheel badges. For a more detailed view of the BMW's exterior and a closer inspection of the wheels and tyres, please refer to the photos and videos.


The Alpina maintains well-aligned panel gaps. All doors, the sunroof, bonnet, and the boot open and close smoothly when we visited the car. The discreet Alpina front spoiler looks great and adds a sporty image to the exterior.

During our visit, we didn't note any major dings on any of the panels, and the bodywork looked good overall. There was a slight note of visible corrosion on the front offside wheel arch, typical for a BMW of this age. We've highlighted our observations in more detail through our hi-resolution images and videos, so please take the time to look through all the media files for a detailed view of what’s on offer and to assess the condition of the car for yourselves.


Finished in "Titanium Silver", the paint showed well across the panels, with even colour and finish. Paint coverage is consistent and presented no major concerns. We noticed some light stone chip marks on the bonnet, lower section of the front bumper, driver's side skirt, and on the wing mirrors. However, these areas didn't present a major concern overall, and are quite impressive given the mileage the car has covered.

Again, we have taken high-resolution images and videos of the car for you to assess the condition of the bodywork and paint for yourselves. The images are taken from various angles to provide a comprehensive view of the car. Please take the time to fully assess these high-resolution images and videos to form your own opinion about the condition of the paint.

Glass and Trim

All the glass sections on the Alpina appeared to be in great condition, including the windscreen, side windows, and mirrors. The front and rear lights also looked well-maintained. We didn't observe any cracks, chips, or scratches during our visit.

Take a look through the exterior gallery and review video. We take you across all areas of the car as if you were standing there yourself. This way, you can see in greater detail how the car is presented.


Crafted with meticulous attention to detail, the interior of this iconic E39 offers a blend of premium comfort and performance. An unforgettable driving experience.

Seats and Carpets

The BMW E39 features seats finished in comfortable grey leather, which appeared to be in great condition, with just minimal marks on the driver's seat and only minor signs of wear on the driver's seat bolster section.

The car is fitted with grey carpeted floor mats with Alpina branding, again showing minimal wear. The roof lining looks good as well, with minimal wear noted. Inside the boot, the presentation is excellent and includes a CD changer and parcel shelf-mounted tool kit. There were slight marks noted on the rear driver-side door trim and door sills, but overall, the interior was well presented. Please see the interior gallery for more detailed images.


The black dashboard appears to be in great condition, with no concerning signs of wear noted. The odometer displayed ~146,064 miles at the time of our visit, displayed under the trademark Alpina blue dials and red needles. The trim under the dash area looked very smart with its Rüster Maser wood finish and Alpina badging proudly displayed.

The dials, switches, and controls all looked to be in great condition; surfaces appeared clear, with no fogging or scratching. The dash display dials and digital elements functioned well, and everything seemed to work as it should. We did not observe any issues with warning lights during our drive on the road. Our interior gallery section takes you through some closer images of the BMW's dashboard.

Steering Wheel / Gear Stick

A clean, black three-spoke Alpina-stitched steering wheel was present, showing a good finish. We didn't note any signs of excessive wear or concerns here.

The auto drive selector had no issues that we noted, with only minor signs of usage. The Rüster Maser wood finish looked great on the gear area surround and handbrake.

We've captured high-resolution photos for you to review and appreciate the condition of the interior in our gallery section.


A potent 4.8L V8 engine sits under the bonnet, tuned and refined by the engineers at Alpina, 0-60 MPH in ~5.1 seconds and ~370BHP from factory.

Engine and Gearbox

Starting up from cold, we noted no concerns, and the car idled smoothly. The BMW's Alpina tuned engine performed without issue when out on the road. The engine bay appeared well-maintained and looked good, with no major concerns observed. The twin exhaust at the rear also appeared to be in good condition and sounded great.

We took the car out on some local roads with the current owner, Graeme, to get a better feel for what this vehicle is all about. During the drive, we went through the motions, shifting through the 5-speed automatic gearbox, and getting an overview from Graeme's perspective on how the car performs. Watch the video to see for yourself.

Suspension and Brakes

The suspension on the Alpina has a stiffer setup than the standard E39 to enable better use of the powertrain, but it still maintains a great experience as a passenger. We noted no knocks, bangs, or issues from the suspension when we were on the road, and it gave us no concerns in its performance or handling.

Behind the front wheels, the Alpina features Brembo brakes. The discs are drilled, and the aluminium 4-piston calipers are finished in blue. The brakes felt great, with no noticeable vibrations during the journey, allowing the car to come to a firm stop.

We cover the underside of the car in our 'Mechanical Gallery' section. Head over to our video section, where we've summarized our visit in more detail for you to view for yourself. We take you around the mechanical elements of the car and give you an overview of what's on offer here.

The Drive

Alpina is renowned for its truly exclusive cars. While the B10 places emphasis on luxury, Alpina reconfigured the production engine in the V8S, resulting in incredible levels of power and the ability to cover ground at a phenomenal pace.

The B10 V8S stands out as one of the most accomplished cars Alpina has ever made. With its responsive and balanced driving style, this Alpina is well-equipped to tackle any scenario with grace, style, and exceptional performance.

Electrics and Other

The Alpina is equipped with an integrated media system with satellite navigation, a 6-CD changer system, dual-zone automatic climate control, an electric sunroof, cruise control, a heated rear window, and electrically adjustable and heated front seats. The car also comes with a boot-mounted tool kit and its BMW glove box torch.

All switches, dials, and gauges appear undamaged and in good condition. Graeme mentioned that he's had no issues with the other electrical elements of the car and believes that everything should be working correctly to the best of his knowledge.

History and Paperwork

This rare model comes with previous BMW service history and less than ~1,500 miles covered in the last ~5 years, it's one of ~42 RHD B10V8S examples.

The car comes to market from just ~3 month ownership, being a competition win for the vendor. It has a host of invoices from BMW servicing in the past, and comes with the master keys.

The airflow sensor was replaced in April 2016. In August 2015, the heater resistor and battery were updated. In June 2015, the central locking actuator was renewed, and in March 2015, the rear tyres were replaced, along with the washer tubing kit, jet, and wiper blades. In April 2014, two new front Michelin Pilot Super Sport tyres were replaced. In March 2014, the rear brake discs, pads, and sensors were updated, along with the refurbishment of cam cover gaskets, rear suspension arms, and wheels.

In February 2012, the alternator was replaced, along with other works and tyres at BMW Sytner, costing over ~£1,300. In June 2011, brake discs and pads were replaced. In July 2010, the BMW had its radiator, fan clutch, centre tie rods, and propeller shaft renewed. In January 2023, works were carried out on areas of the Alpina that had shown some corrosion, which included fabricating, welding, and repainting. Additionally, in December 2022, the offside angel eye light bulb and indicator were replaced.

For a comprehensive look at the car's history and maintenance, please refer to the history and paperwork media, which includes previous MOT reports and service receipts.

We’ve done all our usual seller checks including photo ID, V5 and actioned a HPi check on the vehicle.

Should any questions be required, Graeme would be happy to answer these in the 'ask the owner' section.

We've summarised our own view on the car based on information gained from the seller in the listing above, however, and as you can see, we go to great lengths to photograph and video the car in hi-resolution detail - this has been done for you to make your own assessment from the comfort of your sofa. So please sit back, have a cuppa and take your time to review everything on this listing in order to make your own assessment on the vehicle's condition. Viewings are also welcomed with all our listings, so please get in touch with us to arrange a suitable time - we just need to speak to you first and receive a valid photo ID before confirming.

If there's anything you're unsure about, no matter how small, then please first ask the owner in the comments area below before placing your bid/s, as bids can't be retracted and form a binding contract if you win the car - just like a traditional auction house.

Service History
Date Type Mileage
07.11.2023 MOT 145,566
28.11.2022 MOT 145,312
03.07.2018 MOT 145,095
15.06.2017 MOT 145,062
16.04.2016 MOT 144,945
30.03.2015 MOT 142,893
18.03.2014 MOT 138,142
18.03.2014 Service 138,140
08.04.2013 MOT 135,401
20.11.2012 Service 134,239
12.06.2012 MOT 122,569
16.01.2012 Service 111,549
08.06.2011 MOT 97,097
08.06.2011 Service 97,094
21.07.2010 Service 88,864
15.07.2010 MOT 83,864
01.04.2009 Service 74,365
07.03.2009 MOT 72,993
10.03.2008 MOT 57,915
15.06.2007 Service 57,020
19.07.2006 MOT 42,374
13.05.2006 Service 42,308
12.08.2004 Service 25,933
25.09.2003 Service 13,922
24.07.2002 Pre-Delivery Inspection
Key Details
  • ModelAlpina B10 V8S (E39)
  • TransmissionAutomatic
  • Reg. Date14.08.2002
  • CC4,837
  • Mileage~146,064 on clock
  • HistoryGood
  • ColourTitanium Silver
  • Interior ColourGrey
  • Interior TrimLeather
  • Chassis #WAPBA48L02EF50076
  • Engine #15759
  • MOTYes. Exp 27.11.2024
  • HPi ClearYes - All Clear
  • Former Keepers6
  • Tyre TreadGood
  • Tyre BrandMichelin Pilot Super Sport
  • Tyre Age2012 / 2014
  • # of Keys2
  • VisitedYes
  • Sale TypePrivate
  • Owned~3 months
  • Key FeatureRare Alpina run-out model
  • Auction ID1837

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29 days ago

Hello Graeme, I’m interested to know which competition you won the car in?

1 month ago

Hello Graeme, I’ve just seen your car advertised on EBay and found you on the Trade Classics web site. I’ve previously owned a B10v8s several years ago and always wished I’d kept it. Your car I’m seriously interested in for myself, I’m not a dealer and would treasure it. I realise you’ve not had it for long so I don’t expect you’ve not had any issues with the car. Are you open to offers or waiting for the auction to end. I think the guide price is spot on so we will see how far it runs.
Roy Smith


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