Remember when the international rally championships included cars that weren’t ‘roided-out hot microhatches? Yeah, neither do we. It’s been quite a while since we’ve seen anything as unique and strikingly different as the Lancia Stratos, 037, Audi Ur Quattro, and for a split-second, the Porsche 959. If you’ve got the will (and the cash) to relive this golden era of rally-sport, our friends over at Petrolicious just listed a wonderfully prepared 1971 Renault Alpine A110.
For a brief moment in 1971, the A110 was king. At the hands of the capable Ove Andersson, the Alpine claimed five out of nine events of the International Championship for Manufacturers, a short-lived predecessor to the modern World Rally Championship. The little French car was renowned for its lightweight construction, robust engine, and uncanny ability to carry great speeds through rally stages.
Petrolicious’ Alpine is being sold by Alpine LAB, a shop considered the be-all and end-all of Alpine service, restoration, and information. It’s well-kept, with the original fiberglass body panels wearing a fresh paintjob from 2005. Purchased and retained from new by one owner, the car served as a daily driver until the end of the 1970s, when it was parked in storage for close to 20 years.
The owner eventually got around to mechanically restoring the car in the early 2000s and competed in a series of Italian rallies in 2002. After some refreshing from Alpine LAB, the current owner bought the car and installed a competition-ready 2.0-liter four-cylinder and five-speed dogleg transmission, a powertrain investment allegedly totaling $34,000. It’s rated at around 175 hp, a stunning amount of power for a car that weighs in around 1,500 pounds.
Inside, it’s as period-correct as you hoped. The car is vintage rally-ready, sporting FIA approved bucket seats and roll cage. On the dash, a period Halda Twinmaster odometer is ready for accurate stage measurement.
If this sounds like your next vintage rally weapon, head over to Petrolicious’ Marketplace, where it’s on offer for $195,950.