Alpina is a company that manufactures high-performance models of BMW that are modified and released under the name of Alpina. Company was founded in 1965 by Burkard Bovensiepen when he received recognition from BMW  and press for Weber dual carburetor that me made previously. At first the company aimed to manufacture typewriters, later they tried swithcing into textile industry and lastly they chose BMW tuning business. Alpina is identified as a car manufacturer by the German Federal Ministry of Transport unlike other similiar companies that are called tuners.