Buy This Renault Alpine A110 Before We Do: Auction
The dust is still settling from Monterey (where RM alone had three lots exceeding $10 million), but RM is already looking ahead to its London auction next month. As you'd expect, there are plenty of mouth-watering automobiles for this eighth annual sale. Some are top shelf collector cars and there are plenty of Ferraris and Bugattis, but some, like this 1973 Renault-Alpine A110, are just downright cool if not exactly worth top dollar. PHOTOS: See More of the 2012 Renault-Alpine A110-50 Concept
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Anyone who knows anything about rallying knows and probably loves the Alpine A110, the potent, usually blue, rear-engined French machine that won the first ever World Rally Championship in 1973 and plenty of other events before that. This is a later 1300 cc V85 with 81 horsepower (plenty in a car weighing around 1,500 pounds), and though the V85 was the entry level model, it's a lively performer regardless.
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This car was also recently restored with rallying in mind. Finished in its original yellow (which is a nice alternative to the ubiquitous blue), it has alloy wheels, a five-speed, competition steering wheel, battery cutoff switch in the center of the dash, and a fire extinguisher. It's not often that you find a genuine Renault-Alpine A110 for sale, and it's not often that you find a more tempting way to get into vintage rallying, either. It carries a pre-sale estimate of £40,000 to £50,000.
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