Many people are familiar with the car brand BMW. Whether you have a passion for cars, or simply don’t care at all, you have at least once looked at a expensive BMW and wondered how great life would be if you owned one. Now what if I told you that you’ve seen BMW cars that aren’t BMW. You’d simply call me crazy and scratch your head thinking about what I’ve just said, but I’m being totally serious. There is a automobile manufacturing company by the name of Alpina whose cars are very much identical to BMW.
To the left you will see a picture of a BMW M760 Li and to the right you will see a picture of an Aplina model
If you only gave a quick glance you would easily confuse the two. Alpina builds cars using BMW’s framework, and adds their own twist to it by adding more premium luxury features. Many people, including myself, have believed Alpina to be a separate branch created by BMW, but this isn’t the case. Alpina is its own brand and is not owned by BMW. Alpina and BMW work together to produce luxury vehicles of high quality to compete against their main competitors such as Mercedes and Audi. BMW’s flagship model is the 7 series. Alpina then takes BMW’s M760 Li, and change the car according to their needs. Usually Alpina adds more luxury and power to M760 Li and their own interior styling and badging. Going back to my earlier statement, both of these cars look the same but both have different styling cues and create different emotions for drivers.
The reason why I bring BMW and Alpina up is because they are opposites to how Stradlater and Ackley, two characters from “The Catcher in the Rye”,are compared. BMW and Alpina look similar but both behave and are different in driving dynamics. Stradlater and Ackely look completely different, but both characters act similarly. Holden compares Stadlater and Ackley by describing them both as “slobs” in their personal habits. However they are both “slobs” in different ways. Ackley acted like and looked like a slob, but Stradlater looked clean despite his habits. Holden says that Stradlater always looks clean, as he is always shaving, but Stradlater uses a rust ridden razor that is full of lather and hairs. So even though Stradlater and Ackley are seen as completely different people, both behave similarly. Just as how BMW and Alpina are perceived as the same, even though they are two different vehicles.