1969 Alpine Renault A110 1600S

**Vendor supplied images**
**Please note that there is a walk-around and start-up video of the Alpine at the bottom of the listing **


  • Comprehensively restored between 1995 and 2000
  • In present ownership since 1995
  • The same specification as those that won the first World Rally Championship
  • Sold with a large set of spares (full list underneath)

The Appeal

Weighing just a little over 700 kilograms and with a  Renault engine in the back, the tiny Alpine A110 was a precision instrument that proved immensely successful on rally stages all over the globe. The 1600S is highly prized as the car that drove Alpine to victory in the inaugural World Rally Championship in 1973. 

We’re delighted to offer one such example that’s been in present ownership since 1995. Upon acquiring the car, the vendor - who owner their own garage and workshop - embarked on a comprehensive restoration and has taken great care of it ever since. Presented in excellent overall condition in that evocative blue, this is a fantastic car that’s ready to be enjoyed.

The History and Paperwork

  • Acquired by the vendor in 1995 with 53,791km indicated on the odometer
  • The odometer now reads 72,028 kilometres
  • Comprehensive restoration carried out between 1995 and 2000
  • Photographic record of the restoration work supplied with the car
  • Carte Grise and associated documentation present
  • 1995 and 2022 Contrôle Techniques
  • Independent vehicle inspection document

The Interior

  • Retrimmed during the restoration
  • Black upholstery with corduroy velour seat inserts
  • Bucket seats fitted by the vendor
  • OMP competition harnesses
  • Upholstery and interior trim completely replaced as well as all the window and door seals
  • The vendor informs us that the locks, window mounts, lighting and instruments have been restored
  • A Halda mechanical tripmaster and a map light have been fitted

This Alpine’s interior has been restored to a very high standard and has since held up very nicely. The quilted black upholstery all presents very well with minimal wear and no significant blemishes. We noticed a couple of small nicks around the window winder on the driver’s side, although this is barely noticeable. The compact bucket seats look in really good order and we enjoy the period corduroy velour inserts which also present really well.

The black carpeting is in lovely condition, with very little wear to report and the same can be said for the headlining. All the controls look to be in really good order and have a great, tactile feel. The vendor informs us that the locks, window mounts, lighting and instruments have been restored and everything continues to work correctly. All the window and door seals were also replaced and are said to still be in great shape. 

The cabin is also equipped with Halda rally timing equipment and a map light for the navigator to use.

The Exterior 

  • Stripped down and restored glass fibre bodywork
  • Equipped with a ‘flat wing’ kit, flaring the arches
  • Chassis inspected and deemed in very good condition
  • Attractive blue paintwork remains in good condition
  • Equipped with additional spot lamps on the front bumper
  • Alpine Renault vinyls on the rear quarter panels
  • Gotti three-piece accessory wheels with Yokohama tyres 215/50R13 (front) and 235/50 R13 (rear)

The lightweight glass fibre bodywork has been very well restored and refinished in that fantastic blue – used on Alpine cars to this day. The bodywork looks to be very straight and we note that a ‘flat wing’ kit has been installed to flare the arches and accommodate those Gotti three-piece wheels. There’s no evidence of bodywork damage and the paint presents well with some signs of normal fibre cracks here and there. The independent inspection report noted some slight finish cracks, but certainly nothing excessive.

The vendor informs us that the backbone chassis was deemed very sound and so was not totally stripped back during the restoration. The underside of the car still looks really smart, with no signs of corrosion or any structural defects. All the lights are reportedly in good order and the units themselves look in really nice condition. We love the Gotti three-piece accessory wheels and they’re in great shape.

The Mechanics 

  • 1600 cc four-cylinder engine 
  • Five-speed manual gearbox drives the rear wheels
  • Presents really well under the engine hatch
  • Independent valuation mentioned a slight issue with the fibre which has since been rectified (last image in the gallery)

The vendor informs us that the following mechanical work was completed during the 1995-2000 restoration:

  • Totally restored running gear
  • Engine completely rebuilt. liners, pistons, crankshaft, camshaft, valves and oil pump
  • All new ball joints and silent blocks fitted
  • New shock absorbers, springs and bearings
  • Overhaul of rack and pinion steering, replacement of bushes and installation of
  • of axial steering rods
  • Replacement of the brake discs, callipers, pads, master cylinder and pipes
  • Overhaul of gearbox and replacement of the clutch 
  • New radiator, hoses and four into one exhaust manifold
  • Overhaul of Weber 45 carburettors,
  • Alternator overhauled.
  • Overhaul of electrical wiring harness with addition of relays and a fuse box

Having been subject to such thorough mechanical work in the past, this Alpine reportedly remains in rude health and drives incredibly well. That peppy engine runs smoothly and is eager to build revs. The vendor demonstrates that it starts readily and the independent inspection report does not report any visual or audible running issues.

These cars are fabulous to drive and we’re told that this 1600S is particularly fine. With such low mass and plenty of tractable power on tap, it handles beautifully and boasts strong performance. 

In addition the vendor informs that the vechile comes with a large set of spares, including:

  • fuel gauge
  • wiper motor
  • 4 disc brakes
  • 2 calipers
  • one wheel bearing
  • timing chain cogs + cover
  • engine crank and conrods
  • 4 new door guides
  • rear engine hatch guides
  • gearbox bushing
  • steering wheel
  • new spark plugs and spark plug pit covers
  • 2 front indicator lenses
  • 2 sets of brake pads
  • One “Alpine Renault” sticker
  • water pump pulley
  • windshield
  • car cover


An Alpine Renault is amongst our favourite classic cars. Every collection should make room for one of these rally-bred little machines and this 1600S looks a particularly fine example. 

With a previous restoration that’s still holding up well, this Alpine is in really usable condition and we’re sure its next owner will want to be behind the wheel as much as possible.

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Vehicle specification
  • Year 1969
  • Make Alpine
  • Model Renault A110 1600S
  • Colour Blue
  • Odometer 72,028 Kilometres
  • Engine size 1600
Auction Details
  • Seller Type Private
  • Country France
Bidding history
29 bids
  • suscipi•••• €85,000 31/05/23
  • damien.•••• €82,000 31/05/23
  • suscipi•••• €81,000 31/05/23
  • 30lover•••• €80,500 31/05/23
  • Damien•••• €80,000 31/05/23
  • re.27 €79,500 31/05/23
  • Damien•••• €79,000 31/05/23
  • suscipi•••• €78,000 31/05/23
  • Damien•••• €77,000 31/05/23
  • 30lover•••• €76,000 31/05/23

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