In 1962, Alpina started with the development of a Weber dual carburettor for the BMW 150. This made BMW sit up and take notice, as two short years later they agreed to cover all Alpina tuning parts under their own factory warranty.

Alpina, as we know it today, was officially formed as a company in 1965. Just three short years later in 1968, Alpina tuned cars began to see success in competitive racing action. With the 1970 European Touring Car Championship one of many notable triumphs.

In 1983, Alpina was officially recognised as a carmaker in its own right by the German Federal Ministry of Transport. By 1988 however, the company’s racing days came to an end due to restrictions and rule changes, instead shifting their focus entirely onto road cars.

Despite being separate companies, BMW and Alpina actually share a production line. With BMW producing the car at their Dingolfing facility, while Alpina completes the engine build at their Buchloe facility. After which, the engine is sent to BMW for install before the car is returned to Alpina’s facility for completion.

Throughout their history, Alpina has always put their own individual stamp on each car they’ve built. From their signature styling to their tuning methods. It all goes into making an enhanced variation of a BMW that BMW themselves wouldn’t make.

Here is every time we think that Alpina made a better BMW than BMW ever could.