1972 Renault Alpine A110 1300SOLD

COYS - Legende et Passion - Monaco - 21st May 2007

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Estimate: €40,000-45,000

Sold €45,996

Jean Redele, the founder of Alpine, was originally a Dieppe garage proprietor who began to achieve considerable competition success in one of the few French cars produced just after World War 2.
Using Renault 4CVs, he gained class wins in a number of major events, including the Mille Miglia and Coupe des Alpes.

Encouraged by the development of these cars and consequent customer demand, he founded the Societe Anonyme des Automobiles Alpine in 1954. The firm was named Alpine after his Coupe des Alpes successes but in those days, La Manche was very wide! Alpine did not realise that over in England the previous year, Sunbeam had introduced a sports coupe called the Sunbeam Alpine.

In 1955, he worked with the Chappe brothers to be amongst the pioneers of auto glass fibre construction and produced a small coupe, based on 4CV mechanicals and called the A106. It used the platform chassis of the original Renault 4CV. Under the glassfibre body was a very stiff chassis based on a central tubular backbone which was to be the hallmark of all Alpines built. Alpine then took the Michelotti cabriolet design and developed a 2+2 closed coupe (or 'berlinette') body for it: this became the A108, built between 1958 and 1963

By now the car's mechanicals were beginning to show their age. Alpine were already working closely with Renault and when the Renault R8 saloon was introduced in 1962, Alpine redeveloped their chassis and made a number of minor body changes to allow the use of R8 mechanicals.

This new car was the A110 Berlinette Tour de France, named after a successful run with the A108 in the 1962 event. Starting with a 956cc engine of 51bhp, the same chassis and body developed with relatively minor changes over the years to the stage where, by 1974, the little car was handling 1800cc engines developing 180bhp+: with a competition weight for the car of around (620Kg), performance was very high!

Alpine achieved increasing success in rallying and by 1968, had been allocated the whole Renault competition budget. Real top level success started in 1968 with outright wins in the Coupe des Alpes and other international events. By this time the competition cars were fitted with 1440cc engines derived from the Renault R8 Gordini. Competition successes became numerous, helped since Alpine were the first company fully to exploit the competition parts homologation rules.

In 1971 Alpine achieved a 1-2-3 win in the Monte Carlo rally using cars with engines derived from the Renault R16. In 1973, they repeated the 123 Monte Carlo result and went on to win the World Rally championship outright, beating Porsche, Lancia and Ford.

This 1300cc Alpine is described by the vendor to be in 'optimum' condition and only covered 39,366 kms. The blue paintwork is in good order along with the black interior, fitted with roll cage, bucket seats and race harnesses. The car was in the ownership of the Renault distributor of San Remo and Ventimiglia and competed in many national rallies. This very quick and competitive car is supplied with original papers and eligible for many historic events.

Reference Number 9248

as of 5/7/2007

Car 1972 Renault Alpine A110 1300
VIN 13295