Presented at the Paris Auto Show in 1963, Jean Redele unveiled the Alpine A110 after his prior successes with the A106 and A108. The A110 was a true departure for the company as styling was largely revised and the Dieppe-based firm began building one of their more respected models that would remain in limited production for over a decade.
The A110 was equipped with various powerplants throughout its production. In the 15 years, only 7,812 examples were built, including the world famous Group Four Rally cars that won three world championships in the late 1960s, and in the early 1970s were defeated only by the mighty Lancia Stratos.
The model presented here is one of the French-built Dieppe A110 1300-cc cars tuned with the larger intake, exhaust valves and twin valve springs. It features the gas-flowed stage 2 reworked cylinder heads producing an estimated 140 bhp. Braking is provided with the special mountain brake kit utilizing larger discs and calipers. Though this example is currently detuned for practical road use with a single carburetor, it still offers more than ample performance with a smoothness one might expect from a fully rebuilt specialty engine.
In 1990, this Alpine was submitted for a no-expense-spared restoration by one of Europe’s leading specialists, AMA of Holland. Work on the car included the fitment of a new chassis and body with later panel upgrades. The interior was fully restored and utilized all new leather upholstery and new Wilton carpeting. Additionally, the Alpine was so well painted that it became the poster car for Protech Paint Protection. This Renault Alpine is a unique and important collector car that can be enjoyed on a daily basis.