I know this is a repost, but I got a lot more info on the car, so I’m including all that below. Please forgive my trespasses... etc.

This shop I drive by every day has some cool stuff from time to time. Lots of 911s, older BMWs, etc. I couldn’t help but stop and have a look at this, though. No idea if it’s for sale or belongs to a customer but no plate kinda says for sale.

I’d take this over an E30 M3 if for no other reason but to be different.

Also I gotta ask them about the 928 that’s been floating around there for a month at least.

I’m sure the eagle-eyed among you will find lots of other interesting things in the background. But my attention was all on this E30. I may stop and ask some questions tomorrow.

Small update: I’ve since googled this car, and it seems that only 259 of these were ever made. * 108 of the C2 2.7 were made, with just 52 more “Katalysator” (catalytic converter-equipped) produced by Alpina, according to alpina-archive.com. *OOPS I had originally assumed it was a B3 2.7 but the badge on the front is clearly a C2.

Update 2 (sad trombone): I called the place just because I wasn’t sure I’d have time to stop when I go by next time, and they said it’s a customer car, not for sale as far as they know. So... my curiosity will not be satisfied, but at least I won’t be tempted to make a really bad decision and try to buy it.


Identified!

Equipped with a bit more accurate info, I finally did some homework and it appears to be this car, which is interesting because it came from Alpina as an automatic (GASP!) but was converted to manual like so many ordinary E30's out there. Oddly, it’s since been listed as “mechanically unmodified,” which is hardly the case with a transmission swap. I guess it depends on your definition of a catch modified.

Here’s a little info on it from germancarsforsaleblog.com -

There’s a lot more info there if you care to read it. This does explain why someone pointed out the Japan license plate bracket (in my photo).

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This same car was on Bring a Trailer while the ebay listing was active in early 2016, and then again - this time sold directly via BaT in January of this year. It sold for just over $35,000. That’s a deal compared to a comparable M3, for a car that’s way more rare, if that’s your thing. There are a ton of good pics on the second BaT listing, worth a look if you’re into these things.

Well anyway I’m glad I stopped for a look! Now I want to know what local person in my town bought this freaking unicorn. I don’t exactly live in a hotbed for cars like this.

I don’t know if I want it more now, or less. I do love it.