1974 Alpine A110 Coupé  Chassis no. BA-0664 Engine no. K-06538

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Lot 51
1974 Alpine A110 Coupé
Registration no. MBW 760N Chassis no. BA-0664 Engine no. K-06538

Sold for £ 36,800 (US$ 46,328) inc. premium
1974 Alpine A110 Coupé
Registration no. MBW 760N
Chassis no. BA-0664
Engine no. K-06538

*Iconic French sports car
*Built and delivered new in Spain
*Long-term Spanish ownership
*Prepared for regularity rallies

Footnotes

  • One of the great names in post-war French motor sport, Alpine was the brainchild of Dieppe garagiste's son, Jean Redele, who began in the early 1950s by developing a competition version of the popular little Renault 4CV, which won its class in the Mille Miglia three years running.

    From this he developed the first Alpine - the A106 with Renault 4CV running gear and streamlined glassfibre coupé bodywork - which was presented to Régie Renault in July 1955. This 747cc Renault 4CV-based machine set the trend for a range of sports cars culminating in the A610 of the mid-1990s. Glassfibre bodies and rear-mounted production engines remained a common theme for 40 years. Up-rated in 1956 with the new Dauphine engine, the A106 also established the company's competition heritage with a class-winning performance in the 1956 Mille Miglia.

    By 1958 Redele was using a sophisticated tubular steel chassis, and in 1961 he introduced the A108 Berlinette Tour de France which featured a tubular backbone frame, double wishbone front suspension and a Renault Dauphine swing-axle set-up at the rear. It was developed into a potent - and often unbeatable - rally car, using a variety of Renault power units.

    For 1963 Alpine launched the A110 Berlinette, which became the mainspring of production. Produced from 1962 through to 1977, this charismatic sports two-seater rivalled the Porsche 911 for performance while being even more exclusive: the hand-built Alpines left the factory at the rate of only 10 per week in the late 1960s/early 1970s. Alpines were also assembled by Renault's subsidiaries in Brazil, Bulgaria, Mexico and Spain.

    Its rearward weight bias gave the A110 outstanding cornering characteristics for rallying. In 1969 A110s finished 1st, 2nd, 3rd in the Coupe des Alpes and came 3rd in the Monte Carlo Rally. The following year, Alpines again came 3rd in the Monte and won the Acropolis and Tour de Corse rallies. Alpine driver Jean-Claude Andruet became European Rally Champion. By 1971 the marque's competition record had endeared Alpine to Renault to such an extent that they were appointed as its official competition wing. More successes followed in 1971, '72 and '73, including two Monte Carlo Rally victories and the first World Rally Championship for Makes.

    This Spanish-built 1.3-litre A110 was first registered in August 1974 in Madrid to one Manual Fernandez, who appears to have still owned it in 2005 (see document on file). According to factory records, the car was originally finished in green. It is believed to have been sold in 2006 and converted into a 'regularity rally' car by Iresa, a company well known in Spain for the preparation and sale of historic cars. In 2007 the Alpine appeared on a Spanish regularity rally resplendent in the works 'Tour de Corse' livery it wears today.

    In December 2009 the car was imported into the UK (odometer reading 96,880 kilometres) and in February 2013 (at 97,055 kilometres) was purchased by the current vendor. There are bills on file for works carried out since importation totalling £4,300, and the car also comes with a V5C document and MoT to April 2016. Noteworthy upgrades include a brake servo, xenon headlights, additional spotlights (x4), rally seats, full harnesses, wider (rally) wheels and tyres, hydraulic handbrake, fire extinguisher, map lights, wood-rim steering wheel, and electronic ignition. The engine and gearbox are to standard specification, while the original seats, steering wheel, road wheels/tyres, and some items of external trim are included in the sale.
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1974 Alpine A110 Coupé  Chassis no. BA-0664 Engine no. K-06538
1974 Alpine A110 Coupé  Chassis no. BA-0664 Engine no. K-06538
1974 Alpine A110 Coupé  Chassis no. BA-0664 Engine no. K-06538
1974 Alpine A110 Coupé  Chassis no. BA-0664 Engine no. K-06538
1974 Alpine A110 Coupé  Chassis no. BA-0664 Engine no. K-06538
1974 Alpine A110 Coupé  Chassis no. BA-0664 Engine no. K-06538
1974 Alpine A110 Coupé  Chassis no. BA-0664 Engine no. K-06538
1974 Alpine A110 Coupé  Chassis no. BA-0664 Engine no. K-06538
1974 Alpine A110 Coupé  Chassis no. BA-0664 Engine no. K-06538
1974 Alpine A110 Coupé  Chassis no. BA-0664 Engine no. K-06538
1974 Alpine A110 Coupé  Chassis no. BA-0664 Engine no. K-06538
1974 Alpine A110 Coupé  Chassis no. BA-0664 Engine no. K-06538
1974 Alpine A110 Coupé  Chassis no. BA-0664 Engine no. K-06538
1974 Alpine A110 Coupé  Chassis no. BA-0664 Engine no. K-06538
1974 Alpine A110 Coupé  Chassis no. BA-0664 Engine no. K-06538
1974 Alpine A110 Coupé  Chassis no. BA-0664 Engine no. K-06538
1974 Alpine A110 Coupé  Chassis no. BA-0664 Engine no. K-06538
1974 Alpine A110 Coupé  Chassis no. BA-0664 Engine no. K-06538
1974 Alpine A110 Coupé  Chassis no. BA-0664 Engine no. K-06538
1974 Alpine A110 Coupé  Chassis no. BA-0664 Engine no. K-06538
1974 Alpine A110 Coupé  Chassis no. BA-0664 Engine no. K-06538
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