By the time the first cars in this book were built, Alpina had become very much more than the purveyor of tuning accessories which it had been at its inception in the mid-1960s. The modern Alpina is a very much more sophisticated piece of machinery than those origins suggest, and it is put together as a complete package by Alpina itself or uniquely by Sytner in Britain, which assembles all the right-hand drive models. Today, the name is synonymous not only with high performance, but also with the very highest standards of engineering. Alpina works very closely with BMW, and many special Alpina parts are now actually made by the suppliers who manufacture BMW's standard production equivalents. Alpina had only a brief flirtation with turbocharging, because the company believed it lacked the refinement which its increasingly demanding customers wanted. Nevertheless, if I were to pick a personal favourite from the cars built in the period which this book covers, it would have to be the glorious B10 Bi-Turbo. That car may not have the sophistication of the later B10 4.6 V8, but who's arguing with a 360bhp E28 5-series that has a maximum speed of over 180mph? Models include: B11, C2 2.7, B10, 635CSi, B12, B6, C2 Touring, C2 2.7 Cabrio, B6S, B10 3.5, B10 Bi-turbo, B8 4.6, B3, B7, B10 V8, B3 Touring, B10 Touring, B12.