CHASSIS NO: 00000000513
• Full restoration recently completed
• 1,300 cc competition engine
• Four-point mounted roll cage
• Nardi style steering wheel
1,300 cc OHV inline four-cylinder engine, 120 HP, twin Weber carburetors, four-speed manual gearbox, wishbone front suspension with coil springs, rear swing axle suspension, four-wheel disc brakes; wheelbase: 82.7”
When Renault introduced the Alpine in 1961, it was a true road car in every sense of the word. Several engine variations and refinements in the design led the Alpine to its glory days in the early 1970s when it became the car to beat at world rally events. Starting with a meager 55 horsepower engine in 1961, power output peaked in the mid-1970s at a beastly 138 and the Alpine became the car that was a force to be reckoned with in any world-class Rally event. In the present day, the Alpine has become a legend and a tribute was even paid with a special 50th anniversary concept car built by Renault called the A110 in 2012.
Offered here is an example from 1974 that has just undergone an 18-month restoration that has returned it to like-new condition. Finished in brilliant red, full attention was paid to its panel gaps and the alignment of its body, creating a look that is factory correct. It's impressive sports car appearance is nicely set off by its large built-in rally lights up front while an expansive rear window allows for a long and sloping bodyline down the rear. Homage is paid to the Alpine’s racing and rally heritage in this example with a four-point rear-mounted roll cage and fire extinguisher inside the car. The interior is just what one would expect from a performance car with crossed-stitched deep bucket seats, a Nardi styled steering wheel complete with the Alpine logo, and a dashboard with gauges by Veglia that are mounted directly ahead of the driver. Under the bonnet is a 1,300-cc competition-built inline four-cylinder with Weber side-draft carburetors mated to a four-speed gearbox. Performance is also enhanced by a four-branch manifold and this Alpine also uses a fuel cell for enhanced safety.
The Renault Dinalpine A110 is a legendary car that achieved everything it was meant to do. From its very inception, it was a feared competitor both on the street and the track. The Alpine could have easily continued its winning ways were it not for the built-for-competition Lancia Stratos that was introduced in 1974. The Stratos put the writing on the wall for the Alpine, but not before it had scored hundreds of victories. With its fresh restoration and performance engine, it is an ultimate rally car for any stable.