Estoril used to be a rare and almost exotic colour on BMW's when it had to be especially ordered from BMW Individual, but since the advent of the 'F' 3 and 4 Series cars having it as a no-cost option it is very commonplace, and perhaps has revealed its true colous as a bit of a 'Marmite' colour.
It proliferates amongst the 3 and 4 Series cars these days, in fact you can sometimes be hard-pressed to find one that isn't in that colour - our 435d Cab is and many, many more are as well.
On the E38 it is very bold and as someone has pointed out, the complete colour coding of all the additional trim sections looks now to be a hasty attempt to make the car look 'modern' for its time, 2001.
Getting back to this particular car, I had forgotten the extent of the damage on the,especially the front wheel strut tower and associated misalignment, the damage to the offside, and also the kinked 'C' pillar.
Whilst bss325i has commentated that it 'would have been an easy repair', does this also mean, given the current vendors reluctance to admit its history even though he very obviously knew it, that it would also have been an easy job to bodge the repair?
Reading back through RichardC's ownership of the car it is very obvious that he was meticulous and not at all spendthrift in his stewardship of the car, but I do not think, given the current vendors responses that it can be assumed that policy was followed.
Given the damage pictures have re-surfaced, thanks to V8ego, I would suggest any potential purchasers be very wary until a full check of the car is done and personally I would be astonished and suspicious if no step-by-step pictures of the cars restoration were not available.
Is it not also a little odd that no current pictures of the car exist?
2001 Alpina B10 V8 Touring (1 of 12 rhd)
1997 Alpina B12 5.7 L (1 of 2 rhd)
1995 Alpina B10 4.6 Touring (1 of 1 rhd)
1985 BMW M635CSi (1 of 524 rhd made, but less than half left now)
1982 BMW 635CSiA (1 of only hundreds left from the thousands made and still valiantly fighting a rusty grave)