The newly restored 1970 BMW ALPINA 2002ti will be participating in this year’s installment of the Rolex Monterey Motorsport Reunion at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca. It will be piloted by Road & Track Executive Editor and vintage racer Sam Smith.
The BMW constructor-tuner-race team ALPINA GmbH built the 2002ti in 1970, giving it ALPINA’s signature Weber side draft carburetor setup, engine performance upgrades, flared fenders and three piece ALPINA alloy wheels.
The vehicle was then sold in the later part of the decade to Vasek Polak BMW of Hermosa Beach, California. The 1970 BMW ALPINA 2002ti was fielded by Competition of Torrance in SCCA events for the 1971-1972 seasons and had it retired afterwards.
After 24 years in storage, the car was acquired by BMW of North America, which worked to have the car completely reconditioned and painted in non-period-correct BMW Motorsport livery. It even fielded the car for the BMW celebration at the 1996 Monterey Historic Races.
Earlier this year, the car was restored – in collaboration with ALPINA -- to its original 1970 BMW ALPINA Team Orange with Semi-Gloss Black hood and rear deck livery. ALPINA’s leather specialists even restored the hand-stitched leather on the original steering wheel.
BMW and ALPINA have been collaborating together for decades to build special BMW automobiles. Burkard Bovensiepen, son of the founder of ALPINA Business Machines, started his auto career in 1961 by developing a dual-carburetor setup for the BMW 1500 sedan.
ALPINA has then become known form making a fine-performing BMW perform even better – even capturing racing crowns. By 1964, BMW had officially recognized ALPINA’s contribution to BMW performance.
Bovensiepen then founded ALPINA Burkard Bovensiepen KG, which has been creating special versions of BMW cars for those looking for more performance. While known in Europe, ALPINA has kept a low profile in North America. [source: BMW]