ORI­GINS: THE BIRTH OF ALPINE

CAR (UK) - - A110 & Fiesta St -

In dealer a rear-en­gined 1950, Jean Dieppe-born Rédélé Re­nault started Re­nault 4CV, ral­ly­ing de­spite

its tiny gear­box, 747cc en­gine and went and three­speed on to

de­velop a class He was win some good in the 4CV-based at Coupe it. In 1954 Des spe­cials. he Alpes had

rally his own and car the com­pany, fol­low­ing named year cre­ated af­ter

his Alps, happy us­ing hunt­ing rear-en­gined grounds Re­nault in the

4CVs and Dauphines clad in more

stylish alu­minium and glassŒibre

bod­ies.

How­ever, for the 1961 A110,

in­stead of us­ing 4CV or Dauphine

parts, he up­graded Œirst to the R8

Gor­dini en­gine and then the 1.4-litre

from the Re­nault 16 TS.

With a good power-to-weight

ra­tio and a steel-back­bone chas­sis,

the A110 was light­weight and

plucky, and it won ral­lies all over

Europe.

Re­nault bought the Dieppe­based op­er­a­tion in 1973, and the

deal was crowned when Alpine

won the Œirst ever World Rally

Cham­pi­onship man­u­fac­tur­ers’ ti­tle

that year.

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