In a stunning demonstration that simple is often best, the 1962 Renault Alpine A110 was a remarkable car. The brainchild of Jean Adele, who wasn’t actually a designer but more of a Renault dealer, the Alpines were not actually marketed by Renault until Adele, strong of numerous victories, managed to convince Renault to put some effort in. Soon, the original factory could no longer supply, and other factories in Spain, Brazil, Mexico and elsewhere all started making Alpines. Even though a replacement appeared in 1971, Renault kept the A110 in production until 1977, as demand was incredibly strong.
There was a good reason for that: the Alpine was an incredible car! With a small, 1.6-liter engine producing a mere 127 horsepower, it could reach a top speed of 129 miles per ho-ur, and even more incredibly, accelerate to 60 in 6.3 seconds! It featured an independent transmission an all-around disc brakes, and a four or five-speed manual transmission. The Alpine wasn’t just a success with customers: the track loved it, too, and it scored several victories at the Monte Carlo Rally, as well as in the World Rally Championships, really showing up faster, newer cars.
Of course, all good things must end, and Renault finally shut down production in 1977, concluding 15 successful years of automotive history. The 1962 Renault Alpine A110 will go down in history as one of the greatest little sports car.