August 15, 2018

A future classic and a credit to the owner and restorers

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]You may find this strange tor us to credit other restorers work on our website but when we got talking to Sabir on the recent completion of his stunning BMW E36 Alpina B3.0 we just had to share the photos.

The restoration total is £40,000 but what a stunning car to own as a future classic.


Vehicle details:

Reg: B3 YEP

Bmw Alpina B3.0

e36 3 Series Coupe

Production no: 0178

Calypso Metallic Red


Built in Alpina factory in Buchloe Germany

Mileage is currently 150k more or less

239 cars worldwide.

29 cars for the UK

10 cars with the 310zf  5sp Manual gearbox.

Here is a breakdown summary of restoration works done.


Engine Block removed, polished and given new sleeve. Clutch and flywheel replaced. Gearbox checked, crank seal replaced and all seals replaced. Many other smaller items were also replaced like horns etc…the underbody was sealed.

New rocker cover

New oil filter cover and bolts

New bonnet insulation

Front air vent cover

New scutter guard

New spray nozzles

New ac compressor, dryer, all hose o rings replaced

Coolant flush

Every visible nut and bolt


New suspension and all Nuts and bolts.

Front and rear top mounts

Front wishbones and brackets

Rear lower wishbones

All bushes and ball joints

Front and rear anti roll bar mounts and brackets

All bushes

All front and rear sub frame bushes including the diff.

Wheel bearings

All brake rear protection plates

All brake hoses

Oem calipers customised to gold with smoothened surfaces, and bolts, pistons, retainer clips etc…

New brake pads all round

Brake fluid

Wheels re furbished by Lepsons. I supplied new wheel badges, o rings, tyre valves and lock caps.

New tyres again Oem – Michelin pilot sports


Fully re painted.

All window seals replaced

All bonnet and trunk seals replaced

All body and bumper mouldings replaced. I supplied new bolts, Nuts and washers from BMW and Alpina for their parts.

Trunk striker

Number plate lights

Trunk wiring loom replaced

Fogs lights

Front and side indicators

New gaskets for both headlights,

and rear bulb covers.

Front and rear badges. X2 Bmw roundels. Front spoiler Alpina sign. Rear Aluminium Alpina sign and B3.0 sign.


Alcantra to headliner, parcel shelf,

And A/C Pillars.

Steering wheel re trimmed in leather

All seats re trimmed with Alpina stitching and stripes.

All door cards re trimmed

Gear gator and arm rear rear trimmed

Carpets fully valeted as didn’t need replacing

New heater turn dials

New headlight switch

New door seals

Inner door window seals

New rear window seals

New carpet seals

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New Arrival: 1973 Ford Cortina 2000GT

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Our Ford Cortina 2000GT has arrived in our Woodbridge workshops and what a fantastically original car she is too. This car is for sale but equally it can be a part of our collection. We love it.

Ford Cortina, 2000GT, 2 Door with tombstone seats. WOW!!!!!

Virtually one owner from new with 40,000 miles and verifying history.

Original sales invoice.

This car was purchased from new by a hotel owner in the north of Scotland. He was known for never buying new cars.

On a trip to see his brother in Wales in 1973 he ended up buying this car and returning it to Scotland.

Shortly after returning with it he decided to purchase a vinyl roof kit from Exchange and Mart and stuck it on.

The story goes is that the roof was no better than tissue paper and it finished half way down the rear pillars.

Over a period of time it became unstuck at the front and he carried on driving it until it became an air balloon on top of the car.

Eventually he ripped it off removing some lacquer and put it in his garage and it was left there for some years. Hence the low mileage.

My friend Charles and classic car collector pestered the guy for years to sell it to him. Eventually he wore him down and he became a part of his collection in 2009.

Charles secured 2 new original Ford wings in Cyprus and a new sill.

He fitted these and painted parts of the car.

As all these old cars they could be improved.

The good thing with this car is that it would take very little. There are a few very minor paint issues but absolutely no rust. The engine and gearbox run like new but the engine would benefit from being detailed.

All switches and dials work as they should.

The engine bay paint is superb.

The interior which is so so important is mint.

The radio needs changing to a period Ford one which we have sourced and can be available with the car.

The wheels would look better refurbished.

I am painting a black picture. There probably isn’t a more genuine car in the country and it is the one to have if you like Mk3’s.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_gallery type=”image_grid” images=”21508,21507,21506,21504,21502,21500,21498,21497,21496,21495″][/vc_column][/vc_row]