1,289cc OHV 4-Cylinder Engine
Single Twin-Choke Weber Carburetor
95bhp at 5,300rpm
4-Speed Manual Transmission
4-Wheel Independent Suspension
4-Wheel Ventilated Disc Brakes
*Seldom seen Dinalpine A110
*A two-owner example with known history from new
*Recipient of a comprehensive two-year restoration
*Unmolested original example of Michelotti design "as it left the factory"
*A fantastic candidate for numerous driving events and shows
THE DINALPINE A110
One of the great names in postwar French motorsport, Alpine was the brainchild of Dieppe garagiste's son, Jean Rédélé, who began in the early 1950s by developing a competition version of the popular little Renault 4CV, which won its class in the Mille Miglia three years running. By 1958 Redele was using a sophisticated tubular steel chassis, and in 1961 he introduced the A108 Berlinette Tour de France which featured a tubular backbone frame, double wishbone front suspension and a Renault Dauphine swing-axle set-up at the rear. It was developed into a potent - and often unbeatable - rally car, using a variety of Renault power units.
Penned by Giovanni Michelotti in 1963, Alpine launched the A110 Berlinette, which became the mainspring of production, its rearward weight bias giving it outstanding cornering characteristics for rallying. In 1969 A110s finished 1-2-3 in the Coupe des Alpes and came 3rd in the Monte Carlo Rally. The following year, Alpines again came 3rd in the Monte Carlo and won the Greek 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. As the company grew in the mid-1960s, Alpine began contracting with automakers in Brazil, Bulgaria, Spain and Mexico to build its A110 and avoid import tariffs in those countries. Mexico's Diesel Nacional (DINA), which already produced Renault vehicles, built the A110 from 1965-74 under the name Dinalpin.
THE MOTORCAR OFFERED
This outstanding A110 has was sold new at Florida Motors S.A. in Mexico. According to a copy of the original invoice, the car was delivered in its current livery of blanco over negro. The original owner was an airline pilot who rigorously maintained and cared for the rally icon for over 20 years, before it was acquired by the consignor in the mid 1990s. In 1998, the consignor commissioned a thorough 2-year restoration. The original and unmolested body was stripped and refinished in its original shade of blanco. The upholstery was redone in the correct style with the best leather available. A complete overhauling of the major components was completed, including the gearbox, steering, and electricals. Since the competition of the restoration, the car has been a regular at numerous car shows where it has been a fan favorite and has racked up multiple best in class awards. On a recent test drive, it was easy to understand why these cars were so dominant on the world rally stage.
Fewer than 1,000 Dinalpine A110s were produced during its 10 model years, with some estimates putting the number closer to 750. Of those, 664 are said to be the Berlinette, roughly 70 Convertibles and only 30 GT4s for the Mexican market. This Dinalpine would make a fantastic candidate for a host of driving events and concourse lawns. Finding an example with known history from new that has been cared for and maintained to the level of this A110 is an opportunity that may not present itself again.