1988 Renault Alpine GTA V6 Le Mans Homage

Highlights

  • Pretty car with smoother later model aesthetics 
  • Detailed Le Mans homage in classic Alpine Blue
  • Less than 2,000 miles since full respray 
  • Well maintained car with recent structural and mechanical work 
  • Enthusiast owned with long term keeper 
  • MOT to September 2024 with no advisories 
  • Rare and well regarded rear engined V6 

The Appeal 

Trust Renault to do things differently. While its coupe competitors were all conventional, the firm’s GTA continued the rear engined tradition of the earlier A110 and A310 but with crisp Opron styling and a torquey V6. 
The unusual layout and potent V6 engine made these cars engaging and entertaining. They are rare cars but sought after by collectors precisely for those qualities. 
This handsome GTA V6 will be a treat for enthusiasts. It began life as a factory 2.8litre 155bhp V6 in Imperial Red before a comprehensive makeover - overseen by the current keeper - as a Le Mans homage in 2018 with the 2.9L V6. The factory Le Mans cars had smooth, updated aesthetics so it was a wise choice. It is finished in popular Alpine Blue metallic with complementary blue velour interior and presents very well inside and out. 
The enthusiast long term keeper has matched the makeover with regular and careful maintenance across the structure, running gear and mechanicals. The car runs very well and is in rude health, which the advisory free MOT verifies. Rare and distinctive, this car will surely be a talking point wherever it goes - and entertain as you get there. 



The History and Paperwork

  • First registered 6th April 1988 
  • Only seven registered keepers
  • Current keeper since 3rd October 2013
  • Thick history file of regular ongoing maintenance
  • Full set of handbooks in good condition 
  • Original radio cassette with built in graphic equaliser included
  • Even supplied with the factory gloves for tyres changing 
  • Resprayed from original Imperial Red to Alpine Blue in February 2018 
  • Appropriately re-registered with DVLA to record the change 
  • Restored as a Le Mans homage with detailed specification 
  • The private plate shown in photographs is not included in the sale 
  • MOTs dating back 20 years with very few advisories 
  • Current MOT to 27th September 2024 with 96,589 miles on test and no advisories
  • Currently showing 96,588 miles 
Summary of maintenance by vendor:
  • Inner sills changed to stainless steel
  • Turret pockets also changed to stainless steel
  • Resprayed in Alpine Blue with Le Mans body kit 
  • Front box refurbished
  • New discs and pads all round 
  • Brake calipers rebuilt using new kits
  • Regular servicing 
To celebrate Alpine’s historic success at Le Mans - and mark the end of GTA production - Renault created the Le Mans special edition. Based on the GTA Turbo, just 325 were built during 1990. These cars got smoother, revised aesthetics - which presaged the future A610 - together with ACT BBS-style alloy wheels. Just three colours were available, including Alpine Blue metallic. Many regard them as the best looking of the GTA models. 
This 1988 GTA V6 is a naturally aspirated homage to those cars. The work was done in 2018 when the car was carefully evolved from its original Imperial Red to Alpine Blue metallic with the correct Le Mans exterior features. To the uninitiated it is virtually indistinguishable from a factory car. 



The Condition

  • Careful Le Mans recreation with body kit and correct BBS-style wheels
  • Resprayed in 2018 with less than 2,000 miles covered since 
  • Alpine Blue paint finished to a high standard and in very good order with few marks
  • Black roof which was repainted during restoration in 2018 
  • There are some minor marks typical of older fibreglass but not immediately visible 
  • Fibreglass bodywork is very well kept with only light signs of age
  • Sits on pretty BBS-style lattice alloy wheels with 16in on front and 17n on rear
  • Alloys show few signs of age and are fitted with quality tyres all round
  • Yokohamas fitted to front and Falcons on rear, all with good tread
  • Well kept Alpine Blue velour interior with correct bucket seats 
  • Cabin is generally well kept with only light signs of age visible in photographs 
  • Fitted with modern double DIN stereo with reversing camera unit 
  • Original radio supplied with car as detailed above 
  • Fitted with electric windows 
  • Carpets are complete and in good condition but show some UV fading 
  • We are told that the heated rear screen is non functional due to broken contact
  • The speedometer also suffers from usual GTA problem of intermittent function until warm 
  • The headlining is complete and well kept but light sags in places, albeit not unsightly 
  • Underside well presented with recent work detailed above and no MOT structural advisories 



The Mechanics 

  • 2,846cc PRV V6 Renault engine 
  • 5spd manual gearbox 
  • Stainless steel branch manifold and exhaust system 
  • Upgraded to four barrel Holley carburettor 
  • Samco coolant hoses 
  • Upgraded aluminium radiator 
  • Regularly serviced
  • Ongoing maintenance by vendor detailed above
  • No reported running or driving issues
  • No mechanical or running gear advisories on current MOT 



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Auction Details
  • Year 1988
  • Make Renault
  • Model GTA
  • Colour Blue
  • Mileage 96,588 Miles
  • Engine size 2846
  • Seller Type Private
  • Town Petworth
  • County Sussex
  • Country United Kingdom
  • Auction ends
Bidding history
9 Bids from 6 bidders
  • Ti•••• £16,250 12/07/24
  • va•••• £16,000 10/07/24
  • Br•••• £15,500 06/07/24
  • Br•••• £12,500 06/07/24
  • Br•••• £10,500 06/07/24
  • Br•••• £8,000 06/07/24
  • Lu•••• £2,000 06/07/24
  • Su•••• £1,500 05/07/24
  • Mr•••• £1,000 05/07/24

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