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Lot 25

2015   |   Amelia Island 2015

1976 Alpine A110 1300

SOLD $88,000

Estimate

$100,000 - $140,000| Without Reserve

Chassis

A110-17163

Car Highlights

Resplendent in Classic Alpine French Racing Blue
Features Lightweight Fiberglass Body Panels
Excellent Road-Going Version of a 1970s Rally Icon
Recent Thorough Mechanical Freshening
Eligible for a Wide Variety of Driving Events

Technical Specs

1,289 CC OHV 4-Cylinder Engine
Single Twin-Choke Weber Carburetor
81 BHP at 6,750 RPM
4-Speed Manual Transaxle
4-Wheel Ventilated Disc Brakes
4-Wheel Independent Suspension with Coil Springs
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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.