Alpine passion through the years at Retromobile, Paris

Alpine passion through the years at Retromobile, Paris

07.02.2017: • Retromobile set to play host to six classic Alpine models • The Alpine Vision show car will also be on




•    Retromobile set to play host to six classic Alpine models


•    The Alpine Vision show car will also be on display as a symbolic bridge between the brand’s past and future





Groupe Renault is pleased to confirm Alpine’s participation in the 42nd edition of Retromobile (February 8-12, with Press Evening on February 7) at the Porte de Versailles exhibition centre in Paris.


Just days away from the global unveil of the brand’s eagerly-anticipated new road car that will go on sale this year, Alpine aficionados and automotive aesthetes alike will have the opportunity to either discover or rediscover some of the most iconic models ever to have sported the famous arrowed ‘A’ badge.






ALPINE A106


The adventure begins!



This striking ‘Coach’ – launched back in 1955 – was the very first Alpine, exhibiting the unmistakable hallmarks that would go on to characterise all of the Dieppe-based manufacturer’s future models.



The son of a Dieppe Renault dealer – whom he would subsequently succeed, in so doing becoming the youngest car dealer in France – Jean Rédélé threw himself into the competitive world of motorsport in 1950.



His skill behind the wheel saw him tally excellent results and class triumphs in events as prestigious as the Rallye Monte-Carlo, the Mille Miglia, the Tour de France Automobile and the daunting Liège-Rome-Liège Rally.



These successes were achieved with a Renault 4CV, but Jean Rédélé had somewhat loftier ambitions: his dream was to produce a small French sports car using as many mass-produced parts as possible. Rédélé initially conceived two ‘Renault Spéciale’ models, designed by Michelotti and rebodied by Allemano.



It was, however, the Chappe brothers – Saint Maur-based coachbuilders already accustomed to working with plastics – who played a key role in the birth of the Alpine A106, the elegant polyester body of which was based upon the platform of the Renault 4CV.



The name of this model was an allusion to Jean Rédélé’s victory in the Critérium des Alpes, behind the wheel of a 4CV bearing the code number 106.




On June 25, 1955, the Société des Automobile Alpine was established.


On October 6 that year, the Alpine brand was officially launched and the A106 presented to the public for the first time at the Paris Motor Show. This model would mark the first chapter of the Alpine story, with 251 cars being produced between 1955 and 1959.





ALPINE A108


In launching his small sports car brand, Jean Rédélé immediately recognised that his fledgling business would only be able to survive and thrive with a wider commercial offering. Alongside the ‘Coach’, he resolved to extend the Alpine range with the introduction of a cabriolet and a coupé.



He duly tasked Giovanni Michelotti – to whom he had entrusted the conception of his ‘Rédélé Spéciale’ – with penning an elegant and sophisticated cabriolet, playing to the key strengths of the prolific Italian designer.




The prototype was ready for inspection at the beginning of 1957 in the Allemano bodyshop in Turin, where it had been built. Immediately won over, Rédélé decided to manufacture it in Dieppe. Not a sports car per se, this model was powered by the same standard engine as in the Renault 4CV and based upon the platform of the same car.




The following year, the A106 cabriolet evolved by incorporating mechanical parts from the Dauphine, and then again in 1959 when the famous beams and backbone chassis and a hard top ‘welded’ to the body transformed it into the ‘Coupé Sport’.



As a marker of the car’s continuous development, the upright headlights were subsequently tilted and protected by a wind-cheating Perspex cover.






ALPINE BERLINETTE



A legend is born!


The Berlinette body shape first appeared on the Alpine A108, going on to achieve its greatest acclaim with the A110, whose elegant lines and impressive performance made it an instant automotive classic.



The A108 model debuted in 1958, with a variety of different versions swiftly following. At the 1960 Paris Motor Show, the sophisticated ‘Tour de France’ Berlinette – more graceful than its predecessors – was one of the star turns.




The A108 was replaced in 1962 by the Alpine A110, powered by the same engine as the Renault 8. The Berlinette enjoyed a long commercial career: manufactured up until 1977 (1978 in the case of the FASA variant in Spain), almost 8,000 cars rolled off the production line in Dieppe, with a further 4,000 built under licence in Brazil, Mexico, Spain and Bulgaria.



Different versions of the Berlinette were equipped with different Renault powerplants (the Renault Dauphine, Renault 8, Renault 8 Major and Gordini, Renault 12 TS and Gordini... not forgetting, of course, the Renault 16!) generating outputs of between 50hp and 138hp (SAE).



In evidence of its sporty genes, the A110 Berlinette would establish itself as one of the very best rally cars of its generation, achieving success and fame in equal measure in the hands of some of the discipline’s greatest drivers: between 1967 and 1976, the A110 dominated national series, lifted the European laurels and – in 1973 – clinched the inaugural World Rally Championship manufacturers’ crown.




Along the way, the car won some of the most prestigious events on the world championship calendar, from the Rallye Monte-Carlo to the Tour de Corse, the Acropolis Rally, the Rallye du Maroc and the Sanremo Rally.






ALPINE A310




After the legendary Berlinette, Alpine founder Jean Rédélé launched the Alpine A310 to meet the expectations of the very keenest of drivers, who were clamouring for a car that married speed, comfort, reliability, exclusivity and a sporty nature.



The A310 retained the principal traits of the A110: mid-rear engine, beams and backbone chassis and a very distinct 2+2 seat layout. Its 1.6-litre four-cylinder engine subsequently made way for a PRV V6 unit, which – combined with modifications to the car’s chassis and suspension and a subtle but effective redesign – instilled in the A310 the spirit that it had arguably been lacking.



With Alpine now owned by Renault, the A310 was a regular on the rallying scene and won the French Rally Championship in 1977. The decision was taken to produce a road-going A310 fitted as standard with a special body kit.




The result was the Alpine A310 ‘Pack GT’, which boasted two triple Weber carburettors that enabled it to sprint to a top speed of 234kph, before the ‘GTA’ took over in 1985 with a choice of either a naturally-aspirated V6 GT or a V6 Turbo powerplant.





ALPINE ‘GTA’




The Alpine ‘GTA’ was the first Alpine to be designed entirely under Renault’s leadership, with the support of the Berex factory in Dieppe.


The objective was to develop a car whose turbocharged engine made it sporty, whose excellent drag coefficient (CdA) made it economical to run and whose handling and interior layout were the last word in modernity.




Not only that, but it benefitted from a number of innovations including flush door windows and secure locking.



The product managers were confident that this vehicle’s ‘Renault Alpine’ moniker and widespread distribution across the Renault network would be the keys to its success, and it proved notably popular in both Germany and Switzerland, two countries renowned for their exacting demands when it comes to sports cars.




A total of 4,660 V6 Turbo versions were produced between 1985 and 1990, and 1,509 naturally-aspirated V6 GT variants.





ALPINE A610




The A610’s capabilities were entirely in-keeping with what was expected of a large European GT car, with first-class levels of comfort and performance.



Right from its launch, the Alpine A610 set out its stall as one of the world’s finest sports cars, with improved roadholding and balance at high speeds, enhanced comfort and refinement worthy of a premium executive saloon.




Moreover, its generous standard equipment was indicative of this change in philosophy: ABS, air conditioning, power steering and steering wheel-mounted radio controls... No previous Alpine had ever come so well-equipped.



As an official partner to the 1992 Albertville Winter Olympics, Renault produced a limited-edition run of high-end versions of models from its range. Alpine was represented by the A610, complete with special Gardenia White paintwork, white wheel rims with machined gloss edges, side stripes and a badge bearing the official logo of the Winter Olympic Games, as well as light grey leather upholstery with electric blue piping.



In the midst of all its illustrious predecessors on display at Retromobile, the Alpine Vision show car embodies a high-performance, elegant and lightweight sports car dedicated to the very purest form of driving pleasure.



This show car offers a tantalising preview of the road-going model that Alpine will officially unveil at the Geneva International Motor Show on March 7. Launched in Monaco last February, the Vision hints at the shape of the forthcoming Alpine while at the same time providing the first clues about the car’s mechanical make-up. As in all Alpines, its engine is located behind the seats, in a mid-rear position.




Both the Vision and the model that it prefigures have been designed in-line with the following objectives that place the emphasis firmly on driving enjoyment:



•    The driver feels perfectly at one with the vehicle, completely in control and experiences every twist and turn of the road


•    The agility of a lightweight, elegant design that focuses firmly on the essentials


•    The authenticity of a sports car that follows in a long line of iconic Alpine models



Manufactured in Alpine’s Dieppe factory in France, the brand’s new sports car will go on sale in 2017, initially in Europe and subsequently throughout the world.




Christophe   DEVILLE- photo Renault

Permanent-URL: http://www.automobilsport.com/alpine-passion-retromobile-paris---160588.html

07.02.2017 / MaP

More News

Peter Auto presents its 2017 season at Retromobile Paris
07.02.2017
On Tuesday 7th February Peter Auto took advantage of the press day before the opening of the 42nd Salon Rétromobile (8-12 February) to present its 2017 season. EIGHT EVENTS AND SOME NEW more >>
11th annual Toyota Dream Car Art Contest
07.02.2017
Toyota South Africa Motors (TSAM) is proud to announce the 11th annual Toyota Dream Car Art Contest. The competition has officially opened for entries and will run until 1 March 2017. Children from all co more >>
Schrader Performance Sensors freut sich über reges Interesse auf der AutoZum
07.02.2017
Die alle zwei Jahre im Januar abgehaltene AutoZum in Salzburg ist nicht nur von regionaler Bedeutung, sondern entfaltet in die gesamte DACH-Region Signalwirkung für die Autoindustrie. Schrader, der weltweit führende Anbieter von direkten RDKS-Systemen im O more >>
SKODA macht 25. Verleihung des COSMOPOLITAN Prix de Beauté mobil
07.02.2017
› Prix de Beauté gilt als Oscar der Kosmetikbranche; in mehreren Kategorien werden die innovativsten Produkte des Jahres ausgezeichnet› Deutsche Ausgabe des Frauen- und Lifestyle-Magazins verleiht den begehrten Preis zum 25. Mal› ŠKODA unterstützt das Event erstmals als Fahrzeugpartner und setzt 13 weiße S more >>
Retromobile dévoile les nouveautés des constructeurs et exposants
06.02.2017
....présents pour cette édition 2017205 GTI CLUB DE FRANCELe club avec ses 15 ans d’expériences présente sur son stand des plus surprenants, u more >>
Grumpy Cat weiß, was sie will: Glanzvoller Vernissage-Auftakt zum Opel-Kalender 2017
02.02.2017
•    Szene-Location: Viele Gäste feiern im „Kraftwerk“ Berlin •    Stars ganz nah: Grumpy Cat, Georgia May Jagger und Fotografin Ellen von Unwerth in GRUMPY‘S WON more >>
40 years of BMW Motorsport junior promotion.
02.02.2017
Four decades of extensive support: 2017 marks a special anniversary: BMW Motorsport's junior promotion turns 40.2017 marks a special anniversary: BMW Motorsport's junior promotion turns 40. Four decades ago, in 1977, initiate more >>
Mercedes AMG GT R - Beast of the Green Hell
01.02.2017
The Mercedes AMG GT R notched up another first at the Nürburgring-Nordschleife just before the start of the New Year in a test drive carried out by "sport auto". With a time of 7.10.9 minutes, the new spearhead of the AMG range was faster around the Green Hell than any other road-going sports car tested so far by the specialist magazine. more >>
Rolls-Royce Motor Cars to grace Courchevel and St.Moritz
01.02.2017
The success of the extraordinary renaissance of the House of Rolls-Royce has been built on an intimate understanding of the lifestyles of the most discerning patrons of luxury in the world. The marque therefore fundamentally believ more >>
Audi at the Berlinale
31.01.2017
Audi discusses virtual reality and artificial intelligence with researchers and creative types in the Audi Berlinale Lounge      Jason Lusty, Head of Marketing Germany at AUDI AG: “Culture is an important innovation driv more >>
BMW S 1000 XR – made its movie debut in Resident Evil
31.01.2017
.....Installment of the Resident Evil Franchise, Resident Evil: The Final ChapterBMW Motorrad’s first adventure sports bike – the BMW S 1000 XR – made its movie debut in Resident Evil: The Final Chapter, which recently op more >>
Bilstein auf der Autosport International Show, Birmingham
31.01.2017
 BILSTEIN präsentiert Produktsortiment in Großbritannien     Die Autosport International Show ist für die europäische Motorsportindustrie die perfekte Auftaktveranstaltung – sowohl fuM more >>
Start of Maserati Polo Tour 2017
30.01.2017
... at the "Snow Polo World Cup St.Moritz" in collaboraton with La Martina                                                   &nb more >>
Red Bull Crashed Ice moves to the frosty United States
30.01.2017
USA - Wintersports - Red Bull Crashed Ice - World Championship -  The Ice Cross Downhill World Championship returns to Saint Paul for the sixth straight year with two Minnesotans, Maxwell Dunne and defending champion Cameron Naasz, at the more >>
Audi presents FIS Alpine World Ski Championships in St. Moritz
30.01.2017
 The Swiss holiday resort becomes the “Home of quattro” from February 6–19      Audi presents an Alpine World Ski Championship for the seventh time      #SuperQ: International ski stars compete against each other away from the slopes more >>
18th BMW Art Car to be presented in Beijing at end of May.
29.01.2017
This weekend, the BMW M6 GTLM Art Car designed by US artist John Baldessari enjoyed a much-heralded race outing at the 24 Hours of Daytona (USA). Dr. Thomas Girst, Head of Cultural Engagement BMW Group, and B more >>
“Stan Mikita’s All-Star Café Presented by Honda” Announces Exciting Schedule
28.01.2017
...During 2017 Honda NHL All-Star Weekend in Los AngelesPanels and appearances featuring: Wayne Gretzky, Brett Hull, Luc Robitaille, Michael Vartan, Isaiah Mustafa, David Boreanaz, Candice Cameron Bure and more more >>
Cooper Tire Europe: Shoot out mit Bundesligaspielern des 1. FSV Mainz 05
27.01.2017
Treffsicherheit zählt: Eben erst beendete die Fußballbundesliga ihre Hinrunde der Saison 2016/ 17, und wie für andere Mannschaften gilt auch für den 1. FSV Mainz 05, dass die Treffer über Sieg und Niederlage entscheiden. Cooper Tire Eu more >>
SEAT Ibiza - A legendary car
26.01.2017
In 1984, Michael Jackson took the music world by storm with Thriller. On the big screen, Ghostbusters and Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom smashed all box-office records. It was also the year when Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg was born, and the year the first SE more >>
Rétromobile Paris: The F1 exhibition's in the Richard Mille's space
25.01.2017
RETROMOBILE PARIS Dates: from Wednesday 8 through Sunday 12 February 2017Venue: Porte de Versailles Exhibition Centre – 75015 ParisOpening hours: Wednesday and Friday from 10 am to 10 pm, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday from 10 am to 7 pmAdmission: €18, free for children under 12 years old more >>
International Press Launch for the BMW M760Li xDrive
22.01.2017
– BMW works drivers visit Palm Springs .The international press launch for the new BMW M760Li xDrive kicked off last Thursday in Palm Springs (USA) with a special programme of events. Around 130 domestic and internationa more >>
2017 Festival of Speed theme revealed
20.01.2017
Peaks of Performance - Motorsport's Game-ChangersFestival of Speed 29 June - 2 July 2017  It's the news you've all been waiting for - we can now confirm that the theme for the 2017 Festival of Speed will be "Peaks of Performance - Motorsport's G more >>
Walking with the Wounded - Join us for a Royal Adventure
19.01.2017
EARLY BIRD ENTRY UNTIL 31 JANUARY  Sign up to the Cumbrian Challenge before Tuesday 31st January to get the ‘early bird’ entry fee offer of £200 per team of four. more >>
KING OF THE AIR - The Big Air Kitesurf competition at Capetown
19.01.2017
....between 21.01.- 05.02.2017Capetown - Kitesurf - Water - Big Bay - Blouberg - No Gravity Between 21st of January and 05th of February 2017 (depending on windconditions). Cape Town and it’s prolific summer South-Easter will more >>
Acura Debuts ‘Mood Roads’ at Sundance Film Festival
18.01.2017
Let Your (Sub) Conscience be Your Guide    Acura 'Mood Roads' experience takes Festival attendees on a first-of-its-kind virtual journey controlled by 30 emotional, cognitive and physical input more >>
Laureus World Sports Awards Monaco ... and the public decides
17.01.2017
    Laureus introduces exciting new Best Sporting Moment of the Year Award    For the first time ever sports fans can be part of the Laureus World Sports Awards    Six moments symbolise the tru more >>
M-Sport support aspiring automotive students
14.01.2017
M-Sport are teaming up with Harper Adams University this year as students contest the 2017 Junior British Rally Championship with the Ford Fiesta R2 National.Following Harper Adam’s inclusion of an Automotive Engineering course w more >>
Celebrating 50 years of Mercedes-AMG success
13.01.2017
AMG – these three letters stand worldwide for supreme automotive performance, exclusivity, efficiency and highly dynamic driving pleasure. In 2017, the company founded by Hans-Werner Aufrecht and Erhard Melcher is celebrating its 50th anniversary. In t more >>
Laureus World Sports Awards in Monaco: The Nominees
11.01.2017
    Six Nominees in seven Laureus categories announced today    Bolt, Biles, Ledecky, Neymar and Phelps lead the Olympic challenge    LeBron James, Ronaldo and Rosberg also on shortlist    New Award “Best Sporting Moment of the Year” coming soon more >>
BILSTEIN zeigt Produkte für Straße und Rennstrecke auf der Autosport Birmingham
10.01.2017
Nissan GTR mit 1300 PS und 400 PS starker BMW M2Vom 12. bis 15. Januar lockt die Autosport Birmingham 2017 wieder Rennsportfans aus nah und fern, gilt die Messe doch als eine der größten Motorsport- und Tuningmessen. more >>
Toyota neuer Partner der Deutschen Olympiamannschaft
10.01.2017
    Start Unternehmen Toyota neuer Partner der Deutschen Olympiamannschaft     Übergabe nachhaltiger Fahrzeugflotte    Bis 2024 laufendes Engagement bei Olympischen und Paralympischen Spielen    Olympische Agenda 2020 setzt auf Nachhaltigkeit more >>
Mercedes at NAIAS Detroit - Starting the New Year from Pole Position
10.01.2017
Mercedes-Benz at the 2017 North American International Auto Show (NAIAS): * Fuel consumption combined: 11.4 – 3.9 l/km. CO2 emissions combined: 259 – 103 g/kmMercedes-Benz is starting the new automotive yea more >>
Expertenforum Automotive Recht (EAR) am 04. April 2017 in der Autostadt Wolfsburg
09.01.2017
Automotive Recht (EAR) Top-Themen aus der AutomobilbrancheWolfsburg, 4. April 2017 Ihr Branchen-Update!1 Einführungsvortrag• Aktivit& more >>
Audi at the Detroit Motor Show: powerful trio kicking off the new year
09.01.2017
Audi Q8 concept: luxury class SUV in coupé design      Audi SQ5 TFSI: top model in the Q5 line with 354 hp      Audi A5/S5 Cabriolet: intense driving pleasure coming in spring 2017 more >>
Mercedes-Benz New Year Reception in Detroit 2017
09.01.2017
 Brand with Strong Heritage Undergoes Successful Rejuvenation On the eve of the 2017 North American International Auto Show (NAIAS), Mercedes-Benz showed the automotive world that it is more successful and youthful than it has ever more >>
Volkswagen at CES 2017: "We are always on."
06.01.2017
    Always having your own profile and personal preferences with you – show visitors experience new individual connectivity via the Volkswagen Ecosystem    "Interactive Experience" shows the next development stage of intuitive controls    Visionary I.D. concept car combines the digitally connected wor more >>
Volkswagen Group selects NVIDIA as key strategic partner to develop AI-Cockpit
06.01.2017
    Johann Jungwirth, Chief Digital Officer of the Volkswagen Group, introduces collaboration at CES 2017® to develop the best Artificial Intelligence-based Cockpit User ExperienceAt CES 2017, Johann Jungwirth, Chief Digital Officer of the Volkswagen Group, announced that it has selected NVIDIA as its strategic partner for the new Volkswagen Gr more >>
Lexus debuts new exhibit design at NAIAS Detroit
06.01.2017
    All-New LS Flagship Sedan takes center stage in Detroit    UX Concept with 3-D Human Machine Interface makes first North American appearanceLexus will debut a new more >>
BMW at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) 2017 in Las Vegas.
05.01.2017
BMW is shaping the future of mobility and the way we experience it through ongoing development projects and technically revolutionary innovations in automated driving, intelligent connectivity and interior design. At the Consumer Electronics Show (CES more >>
2001-2021 copyright automobilsport.com