Alpine A110 1600S

Classic Car Weekly (UK) - - Drive-it Day Special The 50 Greatest Drives - richard He­sel­tine

Few cars com­mand your at­ten­tion quite like the Alpeen A110 in any of its guises. Ex­cuse my en­thu­si­asm, it’s just that the car is that good. Launched at the 1962 Paris Motor Show, and en­ter­ing pro­duc­tion the fol­low­ing year, it was an in­stant hit and re­mained on sale un­til July 1977. Nat­u­rally, you’re all too aware of the 60 per cent rear weight bias, and sto­ries of tricky on-the­limit han­dling are legion, but the wide rub­ber and plenty of neg­a­tive cam­ber en­sure that it feels per­fectly sta­ble. Cor­ner­ing speeds are colos­sal, too. You’re con­stantly called upon to make tiny cor­rec­tions, but the-rack-and-pin­ion set up is a de­light.

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