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PostPosted: Sat Feb 10, 2018 3:23 pm    Post subject: Very rare sighting and occasion Reply with quote

Yesterday morning I was hurtling down the M40 just past Stokenchurch (J5) when I came upon an E46 touring in the middle lane. My screen was filthy and didn't think too much of it until I cleaned it and spotted the B3S badge Very Happy

Pulled into the inside lane to allow him to catch up and enjoyed some enthusiastic waving from the older bearded gentleman driver and his wife.

Unless this was the "unicorn" eighth car in the UK, then I assume it must have been this one, owned by Tim (who I don't believe is registered here).

To have 25% of the UK B3S Tourings on the same stretch of motorway was a rare and most pleasing experience Very Happy
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PostPosted: Sat Feb 10, 2018 4:36 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Fantastic!

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PostPosted: Sat Feb 10, 2018 10:15 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

that looks alpina blue? And there were only 2 tourings in that colour and its defo not mine!
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PostPosted: Sat Feb 10, 2018 11:21 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

simon13 wrote:
that looks alpina blue? And there were only 2 tourings in that colour and its defo not mine!

The UK cars are as follows:

#29 Steel Grey
#30 Alpina Blue
#31 Black
#49 Oxford Green
#71 Estoril Blue
#87 Silver
#104 Alpina Blue

... and the unicorn!

The one I saw was blue but didn't look like Alpina Blue and it didn't have rear window tint- so perhaps it was the unicorn after all?
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PostPosted: Sun Feb 11, 2018 11:37 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

any details on the silver one? Ultra stealth in that colour as it was very popular when e46 was new, its not even on the archive register!
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PostPosted: Sun Feb 11, 2018 9:19 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

simon13 wrote:
any details on the silver one? Ultra stealth in that colour as it was very popular when e46 was new, its not even on the archive register!

#087 was a Sytner GB car (registered in 02/04) but there is very little else known about it
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PostPosted: Sun Feb 11, 2018 9:55 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

and the unicorn? No idea on colour, number etc?
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PostPosted: Mon Feb 12, 2018 4:59 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

simon13 wrote:
and the unicorn? No idea on colour, number etc?

That's the point Simon - no-one has seen or heard of it ... until, perhaps, now.

The one I saw was a dark blue (not Alpina Blue) with clear rear windows and (possibly) black leather seats - which does not match any of the details we have for the other seven.
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PostPosted: Mon Feb 12, 2018 11:01 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

what if said unicorn had been living under your very nose in Oxford all these years!
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PostPosted: Mon Feb 12, 2018 11:41 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

These things are often hidden in plain sight!
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PostPosted: Wed Feb 14, 2018 12:59 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

maybe.......................it was Orient Blue said car with grey montana leather and no. 37 Laughing a pretty boring unicorn colourwise Crying or Very sad
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PostPosted: Thu Feb 15, 2018 2:03 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

simon13 wrote:
maybe.......................it was Orient Blue said car with grey montana leather and no. 37 Laughing a pretty boring unicorn colourwise Crying or Very sad

#38 according to the Alpina Archive - so that must be it.

It was on an 03 plate which would confirm that build number too.

So there we have it - 8 cars Very Happy
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