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getting unreachable?

As you probably realise, my ‘holy grail’ dream car (in ANY price range) is the Alpine-Renault A110 1600s.  This has been the case for approximately the last 5-6 years.  However in that 5-6 years I have watched the selling price of the A110 start to soar from about $40-$50k back then to ranging from $80k to well over $150k for excellent 1600s examples these days.  I’ve been told the market for A110s really soared a couple of years ago when the Japanese started buying them up and taking them back to Japan.  Sure there are cheaper versions like the 1300s which can be had for less, and the 1100s which can be had for even less—-but it is getting harder and harder to find good A110s on sale, and i’m just hoping that by the time i get in the market for one (i hope this DOES happen), that prices haven’t soared to even more rocketing avenues.    The ‘other market’ versions of the A110 such as the mexican-built Dinalpines have also kept the market value down, as many have been unearthed and sold outside of Mexico in recent years—-adding to the total # of A110s in circulation.

My mostly ignorant, non-professional estimate is that the prices have now ‘capped’ for the A110 for the time being.  I don’t think “Alpine-Renault” rings a bell with the collector market the way “Ferrari” or “Maserati” or “Porsche” does, so i really can’t see these moving too much further upmarket.   Here’s hoping they stay in this range, or even start falling a bit when the nostalgic rally fan from the 60s starts giving up their cars.

In a brief search on carandclassic.co.uk, i found these examples:

£78500

£57500

 

this absolutely stunning 1968 1300s is selling for £52500, proof that even the smaller engine variant is building up a following.

 

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foto of the day. A110.

*sigh*

from TuningFever (with some modification)

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A110 of the day.

From the special IEDEI Alpine A110 foto archives.

Henry Giraglia & his Alpine A110 in 1975




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A110 of the day. climber.

I have literally 1000s and 1000s of photos of my favourite car ever, the Alpine A110.  I am slowly dispersing these through IEDEI so others can enjoy them.  Many of these are very rare, and I have collected them over the past 5 years or so.  I don’t have a lot of information on some of them—but when I have info I will pass that along as well.  The more vintage and grainy—-the BETTER.

from 1976

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A110 of the day.

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Bulgaralpine?

I seem to learn something new on a daily basis about the beloved Alpine A110.  I had always known that the A110 was produced in Mexico under the name “Dinalpin”, however i did NOT know that the A110 was also manufactured in Brazil under the name “Interlagos” and ALSO that it was manufactured in Bulgaria under the name Bulgarlpine! What a crazy crazy name. I laughed when i first read it.  So apparently they were produced under a private contract between Alpine and Bulet (bulgarian company).  These cars were not sold on the regular market—-and apparently they were sold to private racing and rally groups.  It is rumoured that less than 150 cars were produced in total, and the majority ended up being raced privately.

I can’t help but be fascinated by this mysterious twist in the A110 story……

EDIT:

N1KK3L (an IEDEI reader) is from Bulgaria, and added this very interesting information to the story:

“The Bulgaralpine was part of the Bulgarrenault initiative. A partnership between some Bulgarian industrialists and Renault which allowed the assembly (proudly labeled as a manufacture) of Renault 4 cars in Bulgaria.Which was unusual thing at the time as a Soviet satellite countries (like Bulgaria) weren’t allowed to partner with western countries.
The agreement meant that the Bulgarrenaut cars can only be sold in Bulgaria, but the Bulgarians (as usual) tried to outsmart their partners and earn some extra cash by exporting the cars. Which caused the Renault cars to end the partnership. That’s not mentioned in Wikipedia but that’s how we Bulgarians know it happened.Only a handful of Bulgaralpine cars were made and I’ve had the pleasure to see one in person. I suppose it’s identical to the Renault A110.  Other interesting fact is that this car helped a very talented Iliya Chibricov win “Rally Bulgaria” (then it was called “Rally Zlatni Piasaci”). A first and only win for Bulgarian crew, until very recently(2008 I think). At the time all Bulgarian rally pilots only had access to Ladas and other Russian machinery which weren’t competitive. And the Bulgaralpine really made a difference”


Apparently, 2 of the cars even ended up rallying in the 1968 Rallye of Monte Carlo, driven by Iliya + Nikola Chubrikov & Atanas Taskov + Atanas Agura.  Here is a photo of those 2 cars:

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foto of the day. A110 (+RS2)

what’s better than seeing my holy grail ultimate automotive perfection (Alpine A110) and one of the members of my shortlist of most desirable cars ever (Audi RS2) sneaking around in the background…in the same photo!  Thanks to Michael Sakar for posting this on his FB.

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9 minutes of Alpine A110

I understand about 7.3% of the french vocabulary….not that it really matters when the video shows so much great footage of the greatest car ever! The Alpine A110!

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foto of the day. A110 (again)

I know i post alot of Alpine A110 and Fulvia photos….but this one is just TOO GOOD to pass up.

photographer: Tom Weales

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foto of the day. A110.

my #1 dream car……ALPINE-RENAULT A110.

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Onboard: Alpine A110.

One of my top 3 ultimate dream cars, the ultra-fantastic ALPINE A110. All i can do is keep imagining myself behind the wheel……errr…..rolling through Brooklyn? Yeah that’s right.


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