1964 Alpine A110 Convertible

Highlights

  • One of only 30 A110 convertibles built in Dieppe
  • Only 20 known to still exist in the world
  • Solid, complete car with room for improvement
  • Engine rebuilt with improved carburettors
  • Chassis stripped and restored
  • Great opportunity as rarely on the market
  • The last and most sought-after Alpine convertible

The most


You might wonder what the history of this Alpine A110 is. And while the general public may not know that there was a cabriolet version of this model, connoisseurs do.

Jean Redele, the boss of Alpine, always wanted to offer a cabriolet. An aborted project with Paris coachbuilder Chappen & Gesselin led to a more traditional design by Michelotti. The cabriolet was offered alongside the Berlinetta, culminating in the more powerful A110 equipped with that car's Renault 8S engine. These latter models are considered to be the most sought-after.

Only 30 of these expensive bodied cars were built. Only 20 of them, worldwide, are thought to have survived. In the last decade, only two have appeared on the resale market.

All of which makes this car an unmissable opportunity for collectors. It is complete, solid and mechanically in very good condition thanks to a rebuilt engine and a stripped and restored chassis. Some cosmetic adjustments are needed inside and out, but it looks like an excellent base for improvement work.

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History and documents

  • Factory built in April 1964
  • First sale to Mr Forthomme
  • VIN number 3041
  • The seller estimates that only 30 units of this model were built in Dieppe.
  • 20 examples are thought to have survived worldwide, including 15 in France
  • Registration document
  • Roadworthiness certificate valid until 10 July 2024, with remarks to be noted
  • Originally supplied in Montebello Grey with black interior
  • Original French market car

Condition

  • White paintwork in need of repair as shown in the photographs
  • Chassis stripped and restored as shown in the photographs
  • Originally supplied by the factory in Montebello grey
  • Michelotti designed convertible with A110 front end and bespoke rear end
  • Fitted with 15-inch steel wheels with chrome hubcaps showing signs of ageing
  • Complete black interior but in need of refurbishment
  • Carpets and dashboard in good condition with some signs of ageing
  • Single cabriolet windscreen with lower height
  • Three-spoke wooden steering wheel
  • Recent MOT with remarks to note
  • We understand that the controls and switches work correctly.

Alpine turned to Michelotti to create its cabriolet, preferring a more traditional, less modern design that would stand the test of time. Looking at this very pretty car, you can see that it works. It cleverly mixes panels shared with the A110 Berlinetta with a bespoke rear end that resembles the contemporary Renault Caravelle. Like the hardtop, some Renault parts are incorporated, such as the rear lights from the Renault 4.

This car left the factory painted in Montebello grey but is now finished in cream. The chassis has been stripped and restored - as you can see from the photographs - but the fibreglass body, although complete and clean, would benefit from preparation and a new paint job.

The interior is in similar condition, with the original black seats in need of reupholstering, but the dashboard and carpets are in good condition.

This is a car where most of the hard work - namely the chassis work - has been done. This leaves an interesting and seemingly straightforward project for the buyer.

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The Mechanics

  • Renault 8S V70 rebuilt 1,100 cc engine
  • Fully synchronised Renault 8 4-speed manual gearbox
  • Fitted with Ferry pipe and more powerful Weber 40DCOE carburettor
  • Rear-mounted radiator, unlike the previous A108
  • We are told that the fuel tank is leaking and will need to be repaired or replaced
  • No other mechanical or operating problems reported by the seller
  • Recently expired MOT with remarks to note

The 1963 A110 got more power from the V70 Type engine in the R8S. These are light, agile cars that maximise the relatively small size of their engines. The engine in this car was completely rebuilt. It was mated to a Renault 8 4-speed synchronised gearbox but benefited from a Ferry pipe and a larger Weber 40DCOE carburettor which improved performance.

Thanks to recent improvements, the car is in good mechanical health. The vendor advises that the fuel tank is leaking and will require refurbishment or replacement but otherwise the car runs and drives well.

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Auction Details
  • Year 1964
  • Make Alpine
  • Model A110
  • Colour Beige
  • Mileage 71,466 Kilometres
  • Engine size 1100
  • Seller Type Private
  • Town La Ciotat
  • Country France
  • Auction ends

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