Alpina Roadster S

Mark Hughes 'They're rare and collectable… people will soon catch on to these cars’

  • Year: 2005

  • Mileage: 85,000

  • Acquired: 2018

  • Dream car: Alpina Z8

Why did you choose the car?

As new cars become more and more removed from the real interaction of driving, along with the inevitable onslaught of electric cars, I thought, what would be the perfect car (for me) to buy and keep as potentially the last petrol car I’d ever buy? I put together a list of requirements. I wanted rear-wheel drive, a lusty naturally-aspirated engine, a manual gearbox, convertible. It also had to be rare and potentially collectable. It needed to be easy to run and maintain – and it had to be comfortable enough for epic roadtrips. The Alpina Roadster S fits all these requirements.

Any modifications?

No – but I did get to fully detail it to bring it up to the best possible (original) condition inside and out.

What do you love about it most?

The sound of the engine when it's being driven with the roof down.

What do you like least about it?

The tinny sound that the doors make when closing.

What’s it like to run?

The Alpina register website/forum is a great place to find what you need and a real source of information. The car can be serviced by any BMW dealer but there are lots of independent specialists around too.

Any advice for owners?

In my opinion, now is definitely the time to buy an Alpina. I believe that people will soon catch on to these cars when they find they cannot afford the rapidly escalating prices of naturally-aspirated BMW M cars.

Lewis PlumbBMW, Z4, Alpina, Roadster S