Produced from 1962 through to 1977, the Alpine A110 was a charismatic sports two-seater rivalling the Porsche 911 for performance while being even more exclusive: the hand-built Alpines left the factory at the rate of only 10 per week in the late 1960s / early 1970s.
Its rearward weight bias gave the A110 outstanding cornering characteristics for rallying. In 1969 A110s finished 1st, 2nd, 3rd in the Coupe des Alpes and came 3rd in the Monte Carlo Rally. The following year, Alpines again came 3rd in the Monte and won the Acropolis and Tour de Corse rallies. Alpine driver Jean-Claude Andruet became European Rally Champion. By 1971 the marque's competition record had endeared Alpine to Renault to such an extent that they were appointed as its official competition wing. More successes followed in 1971, '72 and '73, including two Monte Carlo Rally victories and the first World Rally Championship for a manufacturer.
Bonhams will be offering this example at their upcoming Goodwood Members' Meeting auction on the 20th March. For more information on this and other vehicles at the sale, click on the link below. Photos courtesy of Bonhams.