1978 Renault Alpine A310SOLD
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Estimate: $35,000-$45,000 US

Offered Without Reserve

AUCTION RESULTS: Lot was Sold at a price of $20,900

Specifications: 148bhp, 2,664cc, rear-mounted longitudinal PRV V6 engine, four-speed manual transmission, four-wheel independent suspension and four-wheel vented disc brakes. Wheelbase: 89.8"

In 1971, Alpine was still fully owned and independently run by its founder Jean Redele when it released the all- new Alpine A310 at the Geneva Auto Show. The stunning angular design was created as a replacement for the A110, which would stay in production until 1977.

The A310 started life in 1972 sharing a similar basic design as the A110 Berlinette, using the same backbone chassis construction. However, the rear suspension was significantly different; Alpine used its own double wishbone arrangement instead of Renault parts, which were only used in the upper front suspension wishbones. The rack and pinion steering and ventilated disc brakes were borrowed from the Renault R12 Gordini and handling was further assisted by 6 1/2 inch wide three stud alloy rims. The five-speed gearbox was also from the R12 Gordini.

The 1978 A310 featured a 2.7-liter, 148bhp V6 built by Renault in conjunction with Peugeot and Volvo at Douvrin ľ hence the PRV nomenclature for the engine. Also used in the Delorean, the new V6 transformed the A310 into a 142 mile per hour super car with 0 to 60 of 6.9 seconds. The four-speed gearbox was transplanted from the Renault R30, as the previous five-speed unit was unable to cope with the 150 ft.-lbs. of torque.

The A310 presented here is the highly desirable 1978 model with the powerful V6 engine. It has Alpine factory alloy wheels, a plastic rallye fuel cell, the original Alpine blue and black interior with power windows, and the collector ĺ s edition Gilles Villeneuve MOMO leather steering wheel. The Renault has had only four owners and has covered just 39,000 kilometers from new. The first owner was a Swiss executive who owned the car until 1996; it was then acquired by a Dutch collector who placed it in his private stable of thoroughbred classics. It was imported into the United States in late 2005 and has passed through the ownership of two more responsible owners since then.

The A310 was treated to a full mechanical service by Renault experts in Europe in June of 2005, which including new hoses, tires and the correct battery among many other items. The fiberglass body and gaps are perfect, just as they left the factory and the paint is the original French Alpine racing blue. The A310 has a huge following in Europe and a growing fan base in North America, and rightly so, as it sports the looks, pedigree and performance on par to many great European exotics without the staggering price tag.

Please note that this vehicle should not be purchased by a California resident.

Reference Number 11638

as of 7/24/2007

Car 1978 Renault Alpine A310
VIN A3102700VA44492 
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