Like other road-going Alpines, the 1961 A110 used many Renault parts – including engines. Mainly used Renault R8 parts. The A110 achieved most of its fame in the early 1970s as a victorious rally car. After winning several rallies in France in the late 1960s with iron-cast R8 Gordini engines (1.1, 1.2, 1.3 Liters engines).
The car reached international fame during the 1970-1972 seasons when it participated in the newly created International Championship for Manufacturers (rally race), winning several events around Europe and being considered one of the strongest rally cars of its time. Notable performances from the car included victory on the 1971 Monte Carlo Rally.
With the buy-out of Alpine by Renault complete, the International Championship was replaced by the World Rally Championship for 1973 where the A110 won most races where the works team was entered, making Alpine the first World Rally Champion. Later competition-spec A110s received engines of up to 1.8 litres!
This good looking body was created by famous automotive designer Giovanni Michelotti.
Alpine 1600S and it’s engines
Despite of A110 was produced from 1964 to 1978 with different engines, the most inetesting version is 1600S with 1.6 liters engine (tuned R16 and stock R17 TS). It was produced from 1970 to 1975. The last version as 1600 S SI were equipped with fuel injection and 1600S SX had low powered stock Renault R16 engine with 93hp.
Different names of A110
The Alpine A110 was produced in Brazil under the name Interlagos
in Mexico under the name Dinalpin (1965 to 1974)
in Bulgaria under the name Bulgaralpine (1967 to 1969)
Other specs of 1600S
- Length: 4.039 mm
- Width: 1.501 mm
- Height: 1,130 mm
- Wheelbase: 2.271 mm
- Front track: 1.219 mm
- Rear track: 1,250 mm