Alpine founder Jean Rédélé was very keen to ensure his cars enjoyed great success in competition, with the A110 being the most iconic model they would produce. As all A110 bodies were constructed of fibreglass, they were fantastically light competition cars. Furthermore, the 'Works' cars received an even lighter body, and standard trim items were replaced with plastic components such as the faux bumpers, front and rear. Additional improvements for the 'Works' cars included a reinforced front chassis along with underbody protection. Even the air intake was moved to avoid snow or mud accumulations. Finally, a centrally mounted aviation fuel tank, larger brakes and wheels, front-mounted oil cooler, and larger oil filter completed the factory upgrades. These modifications led to the car enjoying great success around the world, culminating in the inaugural 1973 FIA World Rally Championship.
RM Sotheby’s will be offering this example at their upcoming Monaco auction on the 14th May, the estimated value is between €240.000 – €280.000. For more information on this and other vehicles at the sale, click on the link below. Photos: Cymon Taylor ©2016 Courtesy of RM Sotheby's