1975 Alpine A110 1300 LHD

Highlights


  • Mechanical and body refurb during 2019.
  • #718 of only 908 1300cc cars produced by FASA. 


Background


The Société des Automobiles Alpine SAS, more commonly referred to as simply ‘Alpine’, is a French manufacturer of racing and sports cars established in 1955. The Alpine car marque was created in 1954 by founder Jean Pierre Rédélé.

Launched in 1961, the A110 - like previous road-going Alpines - used many Renault parts, including engines. While its A108 predecessor was designed around Renault Dauphine components, the A110 was updated to use Renault R8 parts. Production of the A110 continued until 1977.

Designed by Giovanni Michelotti (he of Triumph Stag fame, amongst a myriad of other automotive accolades), the most obvious external departure from the A108 coupé was a restyling of the rear bodywork. Done to accommodate the A110's larger engine, this change gave the car a more aggressive profile and gravitas – even when parked up..

The car achieved international fame during the 1970–1972 seasons competing in the newly created International Championship for Manufacturers, winning events throughout Europe and earning a reputation as one of the toughest rally cars of its time.

The competition division of Alpine merged into Renault Sport in 1976 and the production of ‘early’ Alpine-badged models ceased in 1995.

The Alpine marque was relaunched in 2018 with the introduction of the current Alpine A110.

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The History


The build of this particular Alpine A110 1300 was completed on 13th March, 1975 at the FASA Valladolid plant in northwest Spain. They were the only versions built outside France that were commercialised under the same names and to the same specifications as the French-built ones.

The Alpine A110 1300cc replaced the previous 1100cc-engined version and would become the most successful FASA A110 with just 908 cars produced until production of this version ended in 1976. The car offered here is number 718 of those 908 cars produced.

Little of this car’s history is known prior to its import into the UK in January 2019. Upon arrival, and with the odometer reading 106,143km, the car received a full body-off restoration and presents in truly extraordinary condition. The one former UK keeper as intimated on the V5C was the spouse of the current owner who sadly passed away in 2020.

Since its restoration, the car has been driven a little short of 3,000km and when not in use is securely garaged away from the elements and clad with a bespoke dust cover, which will accompany the sale of the car.

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The Paperwork


Aside from its V5c, the car is accompanied by a Certificate of Authentication for its date of manufacture, a record of the annual Spanish inspections (similar to our MoT system) and a comprehensive list of completed work performed during its rebuild.

In addition, there is a copy of the original technical service book and a file of additional work carried out over and above the restoration.

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The Interior


During the car’s body restoration and rebuild in 2019, the original interior was retained where possible, including the Alpine-badged Moto-Lita steering wheel. The original seats were reupholstered in leather as were the door interiors. The inside presents to a high standard and its condition is high testament of the attention to detail paid during the restorative process.

A high-quality Brantz Rally Trip Classique and two stopwatches are fitted, along with a fire extinguisher.

The door cards are in impeccably good order and the veneered dashboard is original, as are the instruments and switchgear, all of which are in working order. The interior brightwork is all in exceptional order and there is a pair of Alpine-branded mats for the front footwells. A spare pair of Renault Racing seats (as pictured) will accompany the sale of the car.

The compact but tidy front boot houses the fuel tank, battery and the usual automotive detritus for a car of this heritage, but still with space left over for a couple of weekend getaway bags.

Overall, the high-quality interior would be a delightful place to spend some immersive road time. As pictured, there is a twin set of five-point race harnesses to finish off the WRC theme.

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The Exterior


As mentioned, the body received a full ‘body/brightwork-off’ refurb and respray during 2019 and presents in its original Jaune D'or 131 Yellow, polished to a high gloss finish. This classic car rides on a set of smart and original factory alloys and the car rides of a handsome set of Rotalla Setula E-Pace RH02 tyres.

The exterior presents in very good condition with the paintwork gleaming at every turn. The brightwork (of which, being mid-70s there is quite a lot) shines as bright as the day it was factory-fitted. Any parts that didn’t qualify to go back on at the time of the rebuild were replaced at some expense.

The car’s fuel tank and engine compartment have been autographed by famed Renault World Rally Championship driver, Jean Ragnotti.

Both the rear and front light lenses are clear of age-related fogging often caused by over-exposure to sunlight and a pair of plastic lens covers protect the headlights. A cursory glance down each flank of the car shows no evidence of collision damage.

The alloys wheels are spotless and show no evidence of curbing or scuffing and even the front number plate and valance, for all their vulnerability, remain blemish free.

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The Mechanics


On the short pootle through a residential area to the photo location, the car sounded in fine fettle and the engine settled into a fine burbling idle. The 1.3-litre engine was extensively overhauled during the car’s restoration in 2019.

Other mechanical areas that received attention during the restoration were a rebuilt gearbox with bearings and oil seals. New gearbox side mounts were fitted and the gear selector shaft’s Metalastic joints were replaced together with the swing axle to gearbox boots. A new clutch, brake master cylinder and ball jointed steering arms were also fitted.

Underneath – as elsewhere – the car is in a clean and tidy condition and all appears to be in good order.

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The Appeal


The working days here are Car & Classic are always different for us snappers and scriptwriters. Yesterday, it would likely have been a 1958 Morris Minor ‘Woody’ Traveller and tomorrow, there’s every chance I’ll be under and over a 2009 Bentley Arnage. Both cars are diamonds in their own inimitable way. However, this car was rather different…

This rarest of automotive gems…a 1975 Alpine A110 1300 presents in truly remarkable condition – a true Diamond Geyser! With a full body-off restoration and mechanical rebuild just 3,000km ago, the new keeper of this iconic car will have a tough act to follow in affording this graceful lady a fine and respectable retirement.

G’won! Because you’re here, pop on a cheeky bid…you know you want to!

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Vehicle specification
  • Year 1975
  • Make Alpine
  • Model A110
  • Colour Yellow
  • Odometer 108,950 Miles
  • Engine size 1289
  • Town Lyne
Auction Details
  • Seller Type Private
  • Location Surrey
  • Country United Kingdom
Bidding history
27 bids
  • wilkins•••• £57,500 31/01/22
  • sean.gr•••• £57,000 31/01/22
  • Admiral•••• £56,000 31/01/22
  • sean.gr•••• £55,000 31/01/22
  • wilkins•••• £53,500 31/01/22
  • Admiral•••• £53,000 31/01/22
  • wilkins•••• £52,500 31/01/22
  • sean.gr•••• £51,000 31/01/22
  • Admiral•••• £50,000 30/01/22
  • wilkins•••• £47,000 30/01/22

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