The most iconic Alpine-Renault ever produced is undoubtedly the A110, introduced in 1962 to replace the A108. The model proved to be very successful in rallying and in 1969 A110s took the top three places in the Coupe des Alpes rally and one of them finished third in the Monte Carlo Rally in 1969 and 1970. The Alpine-Renault’s competitive record continued to improve in the following years, winning the World Rally Championship in 1971 and 1973.
The 85 version of the A110 was marketed by the company as an entry-level model and was first introduced in 1970. With an engine from a Renault 12 that produced only 81 brake horsepower and a weight of 700 kg, the A110 could reach a top speed of 180 km/h, which made it very exciting to drive. The V85 was renamed 1300 when the model was discontinued in 1976. At that time, 2,890 units had been produced during the six years of the model’s production.
The Alpine A110 has always had a passionate audience in Europe, especially in France, their country of origin. The V85 is the ideal entry-level vehicle for the A110, as it is easier to drive than its more powerful sisters, the 1600S and 1800 Gr.IV. It’s also cheaper to maintain, making it an ideal car to learn the ins and outs of the art of rallying. The V85 represents a significant portion of the A110’s production, and it has always offered excellent value for the performance it provides.
This particular A110 is a 1973 FASA model and Belgium for a very long time and well maintained. The fiberglass bodywork shows, as usual, slight cracks here and there, the car having been repainted about ten years ago.
The engine is a 1,289 cc, 71 hp inline four-cylinder with a single Weber 28/36 DCD carburetor, four-speed manual transmission, front suspension with wishbones and coil springs, rear suspension with swing axle and four-wheel disc brakes.