ALPINE A110 VB 1600 S
Country of Manufacture: France Vin
Model Type: 2 Door Coupe
Body Designer: Michelotti
- Renault R12 4 cylinder engine highly modified by Gordini
- 11.25:1 compression ratio.
- Twin 45 DCOE carburettors
Horsepower: 138 bhp at 6000 rpm
Torque: 113 lb at 500 rpm
Transmission: Close ratio 5 speed
Front- Unequal length wishbones with coil springs and
anti roll bar
Rear- Swing axles with coil springs
Top Speed: 132 mph
History: The Alpine was the brainchild of Jean Redele.
Beginning with highly modified versions of the Renault 4CV
in 1947, Redele had enormous success including a class victory
in the 1952 Mille Miglia. All Alpine models featured a rear
engine layout and like Porsche, the engine is located behind
the rear axles.
Much improved models followed, specifically the A106 and A108.
The A110 is the final development of the A108 first built
in 1955. In total, there were 12 separate models of the A110
and this particular car, a 1600S in the VB configuration is
the most desirable insofar as it was the lightest weight (1433
lbs) and most powerful (138hp) street model in the series.
The VB model was used as the basis for the "works"
cars that won the International Rally Championship for Makes
While several A110s exist in the US, 1600S models in
the VB configuration are impossible to find. This original,
unmodified car was located in Switzerland and purchased from
European Rally champion Christian Jaquillard.
Production: A total of 8203 A110s were built.
Of this number 800 were VB 1600S models.
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