Rally Ready: ’76 Alpine A110 1300VC
Alpine was a French manufacturer of racing and sports cars that used rear-mounted Renault engines. The founder of Alpine achieved competition success in one of the few French cars produced after WWII. Alpine worked closely with Renault and when the Renault R8 sedan was introduced in 1962, Alpine redeveloped their chassis to allow the use of R8 mechanicals.This new car was the A110 Berlinette TDF. Alpine achieved increasing success in rallying, and by 1968 Renault allocated their entire competition budget to them. Major successes started in 1968 with outright wins in the Coupe des Alpes. 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. The Alpine has an innovative double Y chassis and fiberglass monocoque body. Today’s A110 is really amazing. It is a Berlinette 1300VC built in the Dieppe factory (A110s were built in Mexico & Spain too). It maintains its original drivetrain and body panels and is finished in Alpine Blue. The exterior looks great and the large Cibie spotlights work well here. The interior has some bespoke touches but the gauges are original Veglia Borletti Alpines. It has original A110 wheels, a Devil exhaust and tight suspension. The A110 is in the UK at one of our favorite Rally Car dealers. The ask is $74,900 USD (at current rates). That falls in line with some 1600 cc A110 that were at auction a few years ago. Maybe this is right for a solid, original 1300 in 2014. Click here for the listing.