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selling my E31 B12

 
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nikm



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PostPosted: Sun Apr 10, 2016 2:52 pm    Post subject: selling my E31 B12 Reply with quote

Hi All,

Just wanted to say that, with a heavy heart, I've decided to sell my E31 B12 5.0. I haven't had it for long, and it still puts a smile on my face every time I look at it, but I have realised that I am becoming too nervous to use it (as much as I need to), in view of it's classic status! My wife won't drive it - she's become reliant on light power steering and parking sensors. I have also begun to realise how much I miss modern gadgets like DAB, Bluetooth, HUD etc.

I will be very sad to it go as it is a thing of beauty, but I can't justify buying a 3rd car to use for school runs and taking the kids to football matches etc - keeping the B12 just for sunny weekend driving. I have enjoyed my brief life as an Alpina (and 8 series) owner, and I now understand why these cars are loved so much by their owners.

It would be nice to see the car go to an enthusiast, but it's so difficult to value it as it's such a rare car.
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PostPosted: Sun Apr 10, 2016 7:24 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I assume it's the car on eBay? Looks lovely. What price did you have in mind?

https://www.ebay.co.uk/ulk/itm/182087702495
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nikm



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PostPosted: Mon Apr 11, 2016 11:04 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hi Elan,

Yes, it is the one on eBay. It is a beautiful car and I will be sorry to see it go, but I don't think I'm ready for classic car ownership just yet - I need to get a house with a garage!

The car is very difficult to value, because it's so rare, so I've set the reserve price at 45,000 - but I'll sell for less to a forum member. I know it's a high price, but it got a great write-up in the magazine
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PostPosted: Mon Apr 11, 2016 1:34 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

A 45k reserve price seems to be a near 30% rise on the price Sytner had it on sale for with a warranty not six months ago.
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nikm



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PostPosted: Mon Apr 11, 2016 2:49 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'm sure you remember that Sytner originally started advertising the car at 60k! They slowly dropped it, and I think the final advertised price was 40K? Classic Cars valued it at 37k - 60k, which highlights how difficult it is to price these cars because they're so rare. I don't think there is another in the UK with this mileage and in this condition - I haven't seen one advertised for the last couple of years. It will come with the balance (about 10 months) of the Sytner Select Warranty, and it's in excellent condition - both the bodywork and mechanically.
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PostPosted: Mon Apr 11, 2016 5:10 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The final advertised price was nearer to mid-30's and a lot of quite learned folks suggested the original 60k price was unrealistic.

Good luck with your ebay sale.
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PostPosted: Mon Apr 11, 2016 5:23 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks. I haven't sold a car privately for decades, and have never sold anything on eBay before! I'll see how things go with the auction, but in the meantime I still get to drive it!
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PostPosted: Sat Apr 16, 2016 9:20 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

At 38k now, with 3 days to run...
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PostPosted: Wed Apr 20, 2016 9:24 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

.....and finished at 38k, quite short of the reserve.
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MAZI



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PostPosted: Sun May 15, 2016 3:38 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

It is what the current market will pay for it.
What it was sold for previously is not that relevant with cars as rare as these.
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PostPosted: Mon Jun 05, 2017 12:42 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Had some spare time so I find this...

https://www.silverstoneauctions.com/bmw-e31-b12-5-0-alpina-rhd

Sold for almost 65k 😳

Then I find this...

https://www.petervardy.com/item/46703/BMW/Alpina-B12.html

😳😳
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PostPosted: Thu Jun 15, 2017 10:06 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

...and to think I got slagged off for trying to sell it for 40K!!

Oh well, at least I got to own it for a while - it's a beautiful car but even I can't believe the latest asking price.

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