Burkard Bovensiepen is a man with a singular focus, and that focus is BMW. Bovensiepen is the founder of Alpina, and the company is currently celebrating 50 years in business. As such, Alpina has been throwing parties to help celebrate the anniversary. It also has released a new book detailing the company’s often unique past. One interesting anecdote was how Jaguar attempted to woo Bovensiepen to develop their own line of performance cars.
However, Bovensiepen declined the generous offer. It was a smart move, since Reitzle only lasted for a grand total of two years at Ford. Who knows what would have happened to Alpina if Bovensiepen had agreed to the deal.
That said, it has us wondering what Alpina could have done for the Jaguars coming out in that time period. Imagine an Alpina XK coupe, or an Alpina XJ sedan. They could have been great. Though, this was also the time of the Jaguar X-Type, which was just a modified Ford Mondeo. Maybe we shouldn’t wonder.