This morning the Urpiala BMW Alpina finally received its stickers. You can’t deny that it looks fantastic. The artwork was all done in house from original photographs. The stickers were produced by Chameleon Design in Ringmer.
Terry has been fitting up the original interior and external body parts to the Alpina. There are some fascinating historical details which have been uncovered. All of the doors internal parts have orange overspray on them from when the car received it’s original orange and black Alpina livery, however, the doors themselves don’t which is because they are aluminium skinned CSL items which were fitted in 1974 after the car left Alpina. The door cards are also interesting. These items were originally brown vinyl but have been painted black. The brown is correct for a 1969 2800CS in Tundra Green which is what this car started life as. From period photographs we know that the interior change colour to black when it was at Alpina. We believe these to be the original interior items.
Some good progress has been made on the Alpina CSL. Both the front and the rear subframes had stress fractures in them. We blasted them, welded the cracks, reinforced the areas and painted them in there original colours. The original shock absorbers have been off to Bilstein to be rebuilt. We specifically asked them not repaint the bodies as we want this car to retain as much of its originality as possible. If something doesn’t need painting it will simply be cleaned and put back on the car. The fuel, coolant and oil lines have been reinstated as well.