Alpine exhibition at the International Automobile Festival in Paris

January 30, 2020 By Mike
Last updated on January 30, 2020
  • Alpine chooses the International Automobile Festival at Invalides (FAI) for an exhibition featuring historic, current and concept models.
  • The vehicles on display exhibit Alpine’s rich history.
  • A design exercise, the Alpine A110 SportsX, inspired by past rally versions of the A110 makes its debut at this year’s FAI.
  • In 2015 Alpine chose the FAI to present the Alpine Vision Gran Turismo.
  • In January 2018 the Alpine A110 received the award for the most beautiful car of the year 2017 at the FAI.

For its third appearance at the International Automobile Festival in Paris Invalides, Alpine has created an exhibition of new or little-known models for the general public: the A210 prototype, the Alpine Vision Gran Turismo, the A110 1800 – 1972 Gp4 driven by François Alessandri and Jean Pierre Manzagol, the A110 SportsX, an A110 “Berlinette” 1300 of 1971 and the A110S.

The A210 prototype

In 1966, Alpine launched a new prototype designed exclusively for competition, the A210. It was used between 1966 and 1969 for Alpine’s participation in the Le Mans 24 Hours race. It was victorious in 1966 thanks to the Grandsire/Cella crew and in 1968 with the Andruet/Nicolas crew. The Alpine A210 presented at the FAI was manufactured in 1967. It has a Renault Gordini type 58 CI engine and is equipped with a Porsche gearbox. Its top speed of 270km/h was established on the Hunaudières straight in 1969. This A210 took part in the Le Mans 24 Hours on June 14th, 1969 with the Killy/Wollek crew. This model will be followed by a new generation of cars intended for competing: the A440 and the A441.

Alpine Vision Gran Turismo

On the 15th anniversary of the Gran Turismo driving simulator, Alpine created its own vision of the game. Presented in 2015 at the International Automobile Festival, the Alpine Vision Gran Turismo was created for the event in 1:1 scale. Various aspects of Alpine design can be seen on this virtual driving concept. The rear is reminiscent of the Alpine cars that raced in the Le Mans 24 Hours in the 1960s, such as the A210 and A220, while the front is inspired by the legendary Berlinette. This Alpine is equipped with a V8 that develops 450 hp. The gearbox is a seven-speed sequential gearbox of 580 Nm. Its top speed is 320 km/h and it weighs 900 kg. This unique model is not available for sale.

Alpine A110 1800 Gp4 – 1972 (Ex-Factory)

The Berlinette A110 made its first appearance as a rally car in 1964. Intended solely for rally racing, this model reigned unchallenged between 1969 and 1972 on all major European and African rallies, winning nearly 150 victories. Alpine won the International Brands Championship in 1971 thanks to Ove Andersson. In 1973, Alpine was crowned World Champion with the A110. The Alpine exhibited at the FAI participated in many rallies. Victorious during the Tour of Corsica in 1972, the Manzagol-Alessandri team came second in the Critérium des Cévennes of the same year. In 1974, it took part in the Rally Jeanne d‘Arc, the Rally du Maine and the Tour Auto. In 1976, the car, prepared with an 1800 engine, went off the road violently during the Critérium de Touraine. A small team of enthusiasts worked every day to restore the car in a year, which thanks to original parts, is entirely faithful to the original. The restored Alpine took part in the Tour Auto 2018, the Modena Cento-Ore and the historic Tour of Corsica.

Alpine A110 SportsX

The A110 SportsX proves once again that the A110 is an inexhaustible source of inspiration for Alpine’s development teams. This styling exercise is inspired by the rally versions of the A110 and more specifically from the winning A110 of the 1973 Monte Carlo Rally. With its 80mm wider body and its ground clearance heightened by 60mm, the A110 SportsX explores a new facet of sportiness. Based on the technical characteristics of an A110 Pure, the A110 SportsX remains faithful to Alpine’s DNA: lightness and agility for driving pleasure. This unique model is not available for sale.

Alpine A110 – 1971

In 1962, Alpine launched a new model, the A110. It made its reputation in competition by winning the French Rally Championship in 1968 and the World Rally Championship in 1973. The Berlinette A110 became the brand’s iconic model. The Alpine presented at the FAI is an A110 1300 dating from 1971. It was restored between 1995 and 2004 by its owner. The two-seater Berlinette has a 5-speed gearbox, an engine delivering 103hp for a weight of 705kg. The body structure is made of fibreglass and polyester resin. The car is compact, light and agile. These characteristics became the fundamental principles of Alpine. It is this car that really defines the DNA of an Alpine, found in the new A110.

Alpine A110S

Unveiled during the 2019 Le Mans 24 Hours, the A110S is positioned at the top of the A110 range. New touches of colour express its sportiness with the arrival of orange and carbon accents. The A110S is faithful to Alpine’s timeless principles of lightweight, agility and driving pleasure. At its core the A110S uses the same very lightweight and compact aluminum body structure as in any A110, but the unique configuration of the chassis makes it a very focused sports car. The new coil springs are stiffer by 50 percent and the dampers have been tuned accordingly. The anti-roll bars – hollow to minimise weight – are firmer by 100 percent. the A110S is a mid-engine, two-seat sports car that delivers 292PS and weighs 1114kg. Priced from £56,810 before options.