Alpine A110 (1961 – 1977)
The Alpine A110 succeeded the A108 as Alpine’s premier rally car and carried its Renault straight four engines along with it, as well as many other parts made by Renault. Manufactured first as a 2-door coupe and later a cabriolet version, the A110 was more aggressive-looking than the A108 and became a successful race car, winning several rallies in France through the sixties and early seventies.
Kilos count with the Alpine; weighing in at just 706kg it is light and handles well. The A110 was built with various engine sizes right up to 1.8 litres and gained international recognition with its many rally performances. However, in 1974 Lancia produced the Stratos, designed specifically as the “ultimate weapon” in rallying. The Alpine A110 sadly became obsolete on the rally circuit not long thereafter.
Nowadays the A110 is a rare specimen indeed with values topping £100,000 in some cases – so if you ever get a chance to drive one, we suggest you take it!
Specification For Alpine A110 (1961 – 1977)
|Years Produced||1961 - 1977|
|Performance||0 - 60mph 7.0 sec / Top Speed - 130mph|
|Power & Torque||138bhp / 117 Ib ft|
|Engine||1565cc four cylinder / 8 valves|
|Transmission||Five speed manual|
Valuation For Alpine A110 (1961 – 1977)
The Alpine A110 was one of France’s finest sports cars and achieved global success, bagging six world class victories. Over forty years later, it has now seen a re-ignition as a modern sports car.
The early models will have body shells formed in two pieces, upper and lower mouldings. Be aware that cars advertised as restoration have been fully restored and have been stripped of all paint and repainted to a high standard. The interiors are usually cloth or vinyl, although leather was an optional extra; original seats were unique to the model and are hard to find today.
While the engines were shared with Renault, the gearbox was the Alpine’s very own and to get hold of one was nigh impossible until recently as they are now being remanufactured. The engine tends to be pretty robust in practice but is likely to have been driven hard in the past, so make sure the history file has decent service levels through its lifetime.
While the A110 has a unique chassis, most of the suspension parts come from the Renault 8. Coil Springs and Wishbones were used at the front, and the rear adopted a swing arm system. Post-1973 saw double wishbone suspension grafted to the A110, similar to the Alpine A310, giving this rally car fully independent suspension in its later years.
The Alpines are indeed cars to be reckoned with and the lightweight rocket A110 was a forerunner. Additionally, with a revival of this mini sports car we should see values rise into the future.
Insuring an Alpine A110
*NB: All insurance quotes are based on the same criteria: The vehicle being garaged overnight. Accident, claim and conviction free and a limited mileage of 3000 per annum with full use of a main car daily. All quotations are based on an Agreed Value of £50,000. Prices may alter depending on individual criteria. Quote carried out January 2019.
- This quotation has been based on fully comprehensive cover, insured only to drive age 60.
Annual premium – £145.31 with a £150 accidental damage excess.
- This quotation has been based on fully comprehensive cover, insured only to drive age 45.
Annual premium – £154.00 with a £150 accidental damage excess.
- This quotation has been based on fully comprehensive cover, insured only to drive age 30.
Annual premium – £242.52 with a £150 accidental damage excess.
The World Rally Championship (WRC) debuted in 1973 which the A110 won making it first ever world rally champion.
Mark Wilkinson (Managing Director of Heritage Classic Car Insurance) says
“The motoring world has changed a lot since the early sixties, with European cars being diminutive but with all the expertise of a modern engine for the time. The French have always prided themselves on this, and with the title World Rally Champion under their belts the Alpine had them winning the limelight from the Italians. The Alpine A110 was a rally standout, light and powerful: a car to be proud of.”