Like other road-going Alpines, the 1961 A110 used many Renault parts – including engines. But while the preceding A108 was designed around Dauphine components, the A110 was updated to use R8 parts. Unlike the A108, which was available first as a cabriolet and only later as a coupé, the A110 was delivered first with “Berlinetta” bodywork and then as a cabriolet. The main visible difference with the A108 coupé was a restyling of the rear body to fit the larger engine, which gave the car a more aggressive look. Like the A108, the A110 featured a steel backbone chassis with fibreglass body. The A110 was originally available with 1.1-litre R8 Major or R8 Gordini engines. The Gordini engine delivered 95bhp at 6,500 rpm.
The A110 achieved most of its fame in the early 1970’s as a victorious rally car. After winning several rallies in France in the late 1960’s with iron-cast R8 Gordini engines the car was fitted with the aluminium-block Renault 16 TS engine. With two dual-chamber Weber 45 carburettors, the TS engine delivered 125bhp at 6,000 rpm. This allowed the production 1600S to reach a top speed of 130 mph. The longer wheelbase 2+2 Alpine GT4, originally considered a version of the A108, was updated with A110 engines and mechanicals, now being marketed as the “A110 GT4”.
The car reached international fame during the 1970–1972 seasons when it participated in the newly created International Championship for Manufacturers, winning several events around Europe and being considered one of the strongest rally cars of its time. Notable performances from the car included victory in the 1971 Monte Carlo Rally with Swedish driver Ove Andersson.
This rare 1600SC represents the pinnacle of A110 specification and is made even more exclusive by its head-turning colour combination. Comprehensively restored, one is hard pushed to find any faults with the car. Steeped in racing history these Alpine 1600SCs have become one of the most collectable rally-themed cars of the modern era.