Alun Parry and his 1982 BMW E21 Alpina B6 2.8

Alun Parry and his 1982 BMW E21 Alpina B6 2.8

Alun Parry and his Alpina B6 2.8 A man with an Alpina addiction shares the story behind his immaculate 1982 B6. Words by Antony Ingram.

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Life Cycle 1969 BMW Alpina 2002ti

Life Cycle 1969 BMW Alpina 2002ti

Life Cycle The family-owned life of Germany’s oldest-known 1969 BMW Alpina 2002ti. The life story of an Alpina 2002ti Racer, rally car, daily-driver, family heirloom – this remarkable BMW has been all of these things at the same time. Its two family owners tells its tale Words Sam Dawson. Photography Jörg Wellmann.

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BMW M5 E28 - my drive

BMW M5 E28 - my drive

BMW M5 E28 Ross Culver ‘The engine is a masterpiece, but the chassis set-up just edges it’

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John looks back to his father’s first BMW and how it led to his own fascination with the brand...

John looks back to his father’s first BMW and how it led to his own fascination with the brand...

Father's Day 2019 coincided with Bloomsday, my wedding anniversary and the fortieth anniversary of the release of Joy Division's album, Unknown Pleasures. It also coincided with my eldest daughter rolling one of my cars through a hedge and youngest daughter's bedroom ceiling being pulled down as part of a Victorian house restoration project. It was the opposite of all those "perfect Father's Day" TV ads and one of the least relaxing Father's Days I can remember. But I would still describe it as a decent weekend.

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War and Peace - BMW 503

War and Peace - BMW 503

Often overlooked in favour of its more sporty two-seater relation - the 507, the equally sought after 503 illustrates an important part of BMW’S post-war history... Words: Simon Jackson. Photography: BMW AG.

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Buying Guide BMW M535i E12

Buying Guide BMW M535i E12

This original M Sport saloon set the template for all that followed.

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1983 Alpina B9 3.5 E28

1983 Alpina B9 3.5 E28

Alpina B9 3.5 E28. There isn't much that's cooler than a 1980s BMW these days. Apart from this Alpina...

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1989 BMW 525i SE Automatic E34

1989 BMW 525i SE Automatic E34

1989 BMW 525i SE Automatic Bryan Werbinski ‘It rides like you're flying along on a carpet made of marshmallows’

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Beautiful 1986 BMW 635CSi Automatic E24 cherished by the same family for 30 years!

Beautiful 1986 BMW 635CSi Automatic E24 cherished by the same family for 30 years!

Chris Graham meets BMW enthusiast, Kos Loizou, and his E24 635CSi; a car that has been in the family for over 30 years.

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BMW N47 engine warning

BMW N47 engine warning

The N47 has now been in production for 11 years, and I include the B47 from 2015 in with this unit as, really, it’s much about the same. If, however, you’re in need of a used engine to replace yours, you need to be aware that the N47 D20A and D20C do not interchange.

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Late BMW 3-Series E90 LCI or early F30/F31 3-Series?

Late BMW 3-Series E90 LCI or early F30/F31 3-Series?

I was surprised to see that F30s are now down to under £6,000 on AutoTrader. co.uk, and I’ve been told that £4,500 will buy an early one in the auctions, albeit with a few miles on the clock (a 12-plate, solid black 318d with 150,000 miles and basic SE trim on 16in wheels but, even so, a nice enough thing if it all checks out). But is an early F30 a better bet than a late E90? There’s no doubt that in the last three years of the E90 (the LCI version), BMW really improved this model. The early ones, with the spartan interior, that weird-looking grille and some truly ghastly colours (what was that light metallic blue-green-grey called?), are just about in banger territory, now with a few hovering around the £1,000 mark.

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BMW M10 engine range

BMW M10 engine range

BMW M10 Range. Andrew Everett spotlights the influential and long-lived M10 range of four-cylinder petrol engines.

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BMW E9 Coupé trouble-shooter

BMW E9 Coupé trouble-shooter

E9 trouble-shooter: classic beauty common problems to avoid

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Gorgeous air-ride BMW 740iA E38

Gorgeous air-ride BMW 740iA E38

Aired-out over its custom three-piece ‘Throwing Star’ splits, this seriously slick 740i is luxury modded BM balling at its best. Words: Elizabeth de Latour. Photos: Marcus Lundell.

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250bhp plus Сlub-Sport-spec BMW M3 E30

250bhp plus Сlub-Sport-spec BMW M3 E30

Epic BMW M3 E30 – full-on hardcore club-sport build. Built to club sport-spec and designed to be driven hard and fast on both road and track, this awesome E30 M3 has tapped into its racing roots and It’s a serious driving machine. Words: Elizabeth de Latour. Photos: Daniel Bridle.

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1997 BMW 840Ci Sport Automatic M62 E31

1997 BMW 840Ci Sport Automatic M62 E31

Coupé E31 840Ci Sport (1996-1999) BMW’s sharp-nosed 1990s super coupé is now an appreciating classic and, if you can find a well-maintained 4.4-litre 1996-on 840Ci, then you could be on to a winner. More reliable than the gas-guzzling 850 V12, the ‘entry-level’ V8 looks just as cool – with its pillarless side profile and classic pop-up headlights – and performs damn-near as well. But you must avoid the early 4.0-litre M60-engined version (1992-1996) which suffered from Nikasil bore-wear issues.

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Celebrating BMW 700's 60th birthday

Celebrating BMW 700's 60th birthday

The forgotten hero Celebrating BMW 700's 60th birthday The Neue Klasse saloon is oft credited with being the car that saved BMW but, as Bob Harper explains, without the 700 the company would have folded before the Neue Klasse left the drawing board. We celebrate the 700’s 60th birthday. Photos: BMW Archive and Matt Richardson.

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BMW i8 appeal is charging up

BMW i8 appeal is charging up

Now may be the time to plug into Munich’s Green Party-pleasing supercar

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You drive our cars: BMW 8-series - readers try the editor’s 2019 BMW M850i xDrive G15

You drive our cars: BMW 8-series - readers try the editor’s 2019 BMW M850i xDrive G15

‘A most extraordinary machine’. Three Drive-My readers come at BMW’s new flagship M850i from three very different directions. One will come away deeply impressed… By Ben Miller Barry.

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Liberty Walk BMW i8 I12

Liberty Walk BMW i8 I12

Europe’s first Liberty Walk i8 I12 takes BMW’s peculiar hybrid supercar to strange new places. If you weren’t a fan of the i8 before, you will be now…

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