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The first winner of the World Rally Championship series was an Alpine A110 in 1973, which cemented the aggressive sub-1,400 lb coupe’s place in history. Its success was only derailed by the first purpose-built rally car, Lancia’s Ferrari-engined Stratos, which debuted the following year. The A110’s rear-engine layout begs comparison with the Porsche 911, and like the 911, the Alpine offers rewarding performance and handling characteristics when piloted with skill.
This Dieppe-built example retains its proper Renault-built powerplant, and the twin-choke Weber carburetor and air box are still fitted to the Gordini-tuned V85 engine. The Michelotti-designed fiberglass panels are in excellent condition, and are adorned with minimal brightwork, trim, and centrally mounted aerial.
Prior to its recent importation from Europe, the A110 is stated to have undergone a thorough mechanical reconditioning, including a new clutch, new brake master cylinder, hoses, pads, and front rotors; and underhood, a new water pump and alternator. Alpine alloy 13" wheels are supported by new SPAX shocks. Inside, the black vinyl and cloth Alpine seats are in outstanding condition. A full complement of instruments, Schroth racing harnesses, new carpets and headliner, as well as a period radio complete the competition-style interior.
High-revving, taut, and agile; and for 1971 Monte Carlo rally winner Ove Andersson, an A110 was “like putting on a glove.” Close inspection is recommended for anyone looking to capture the feel of rallying in the early 1970s.