Don, c’est magnifique! Writing in Autosport, an excited John Bolster described the roadholding as being so outstanding that it defied all rational explanation. The cornering power is tremendously high with virtually no roll. The wheelbase was the same as outgoing GT4 (and recently lengthened Porsche 911) at 89.4” (2,270mm), although the Alpine was a whopping 9” lower than the Porsche in height. The second outing for chassis number 18393 was the 1975 Rallye Monte-Carlo, which had … France’s youngest Renault dealer Jean Rédélé had developed a series of performance modifications for the 4CV and, with co-driver Louis Pons, began to notch up some impressive victories. ‘Plasticar Inc.’ had been unable to get a handle on the fibreglass process and not one ‘Marquis’ coupe had been built. Yet despite its 40/60 weight distribution it still looked like a 5, not least when sitting beside a Gordini – as the Turbo 2 is today at a race track in mid-France. The firm ride and gruff soundtrack are probably best sampled in small doses, and I think that it would be hard not to treat every road as a rally stage – much to the detriment of your licence. However, Michel Béligond had multiple sclerosis. Sometime around 1967, Michel Béligond joined Jean Rédélé and Roger Prieur in Dieppe, and they started working together on the new Alpine model at Rédélé’s kitchen table. I really can’t see the Alpine having anything other than quite limited success in the US in the best of circumstances. http://vauxpedianet.uk2sitebuilder.com/vauxhall-93000—hp-firenza. ALPINE A310 1600VE '73 . Rallye National de Haute-Provence VHC 2017. Renault literature credits only Michel Béligond and Yves Legal for the styling of the A310. But even the over-spoilered later versions are attractive, in a late 70’s sort of way. In 1967, however, a much needed 6 million franc government loan was instead handed to Matra, leaving this trio to continue their efforts on their own. In 1971, a joint venture was established between Peugeot, Renault and Volvo for a large (in European terms) engine built at Douvrin in Northern France to be used primarily in each manufacturer’s senior saloon. I was vaguely aware of the Alpine cars, but learned a lot this morning! Ce week-end, on était aussi en Bretagne pour l'Autobrocante Festival de Lohéac 2017, un événement varié et qui plaira à tous ! Et plus tard d’autres véhicules suivront. Great find. Though the steering rack was taken from the Peugeot 504 and the front turning signals from the Simca 1301, most of the components came from the Renault parts bins and would have been subject to any changes in specification or supply. Interestingly, Juchet – who was overwhelmingly the primary stylist on the R16 – is not featured here, perhaps as a result of his own modesty, of Béligond’s photogenic presence, or of both. a310l4.com – A great French site focusing on the four-cylinder A310, juchet.fr – An enormous trove featuring the work of Gaston Juchet, A French television news piece on Michel Béligond and the A310, Professor Peter Stevens on his time contributing to the A310 The 310 is a very out there car, but it’s like the Citroen SM, there’s something about it that clicks together and the result manages to be unique as well as good looking and memorable. Juchet had joined Renault in 1958 as an aerodynamics engineer and by 1962 had established himself as one of their stylists. But pour moi, the light version, the fragile one, the four cylinder. 2017, Manosque • asphalt 116.80 km • Other years. That car led to the first production Alpine, the A106, which would in turn give birth to the Dauphine-based A108. Today, if you enter “Álpine-city” Dieppe there is a mock up of an A110 body at a roundabout. Series 2 was introduced in 1981. Required fields are marked *. or the astringent edge of pastis, that slightly jarring face is intrinsic to the authenticity of the A310 shape. When the V6 came on the market quite a few were sold here in the Netherlands, where you would never meet an A310 4 cylinder nor an A 110 in this country except a few that we used for competition only. His father Emile had served as a mechanic for the Renault brothers’ first ‘factory’ racing efforts, and was subsequently granted a dealership in the seaside town of Dieppe. Visitor Rating: 74 Votes. In 1987 the GTA was prepared for the US market with unique flip-up headlights. Enregistrée par Gentlecar. It was prismatic where the A110 was aquaceous, but was unmistakeably an Alpine. A knee-high fastback with a glassfibre skin and a Gordini-tuned sting in its stubby tail, the car would be superseded in ’63 by the definitive four-cylinder Alpine, the A110. I prefer the 15’s glasshouse, and thank goodness they both got the loop bumper. However the cars were required to handle pursuit tasks, and they earned spoilers front and rear. I saw it yesterday and then held off reading it, today I happened to take pix of a Maserati Bora and when I got home saw the post again while thinking the A310 does look somewhat Bora-ish, interesting to see the same conclusion in the text. Découvrez vos propres épingles sur Pinterest et enregistrez-les. Like other road-going Alpines, the 1961 A110 used many Renault parts - including engines. The same can be said for the small window-width rear spoiler which gained ‘Alpine Renault’ lettering in 1978. The Dauphine simply wasn’t up to US-style driving and (low) maintenance conditions. What soon emerged were increasingly lairier versions of the R5. This is Fiore working on yet another similar shape – the Gilbern G11 – in the late 1960s with assistant Jim English. which came first? This is what all junior supercars should be like. Menu Back Back; Home; Formula 1. The sloping rear window, which lifts up for access to the engine, limits rear vision. As before, the press heaped accolades on the A310’s handling, Motor observing that it ‘cornered as if on rails’. Don also mentioned Juchet’s R15 and R17. Across the life of the A310, there would be very little change made to the body. At 24, he was France’s youngest new car dealer. Cependant les fonds lui … Initial competion using the A310 proved it to be equally as fragile as the early A110 series cars, and a new predator was also lurking about in semi-homologated state at the same time; the Lancia Stratos. But that still doesn’t answer how Trevor Fiore came to be working on the A310 in the first place. L’Alpine A310 comme modèle. Though Prieur’s use of the backbone differed in that the central tube did not carry a driveshaft, it predated Colin Chapman’s efforts with the Lotus Elan by at least two years. With the A110 gone, the A310 was initially the steed of choice for Renault’s gravel track ambitions. Great articale, I attaché a picture of my 76 VG . Renault, after dumping the A310 from their rally program unceremoniously, immediately switched their attention to these 5 Alpines. More recently I have been lucky enough to encounter one in the wild, and my opinion has only been affirmed. Après plusieurs tours de découverte de la piste, nous avons réalisé deux tours chrono. From that I first learnt of the A310’s existence and, as a six-year-old, I was transfixed. I was barely aware of the A106, and I find its rear quarters a foreshadowing of the A130’s. Walter Rohrl was even passed on the road by this 5 without him going off! They were not great sellers – only 100 of the GT4 were produced – due in no small part to their lacking in aesthetic virtues. CC Scoop: Unseen Alpine Mid-Engined Proposal by Peter Stevens, Mike Tippett’s Curbside Classic of a barnfind Alpine A106 located in the US. Thanks Robert. The mid-rear engined Monteverdi Hai 450 SS arrived in the wake of the Lamborghini Miura and was first shown in 1970. of Jean Rédélé and the Alpine years to the mid-1960s. This occurred in the midst of the 6 month period when the VE and VF versions were both in production, so this change does not actually denote either model specifically. hehehe. Haven’t seen that example before, those widened ducts look serious. I spotted my first Alpine recently a Bathurst 1000 campsite, of all places. This might have been taken as a direct competitor to the Alpine, but what would emerge was ultimately a small boulevardier rather than a performance car. The interior shot looks very inviting with that great 70s color matched euro velour. Renault thought the development of the V6 A310 in 1976 could possibly defeat the Stratos; Wrong. Beautiful post with great pics. The RAG coupe’s shape had sprung directly from Juchet’s hand, and a full size prototype was constructed before the project was abruptly cancelled in 1966. The NACA ducts up front were gone and the rear lower panel was now blacked out, with new light units. Towards the end of its life, the standard A310 V6’s price has risen considerably. To me Renault has always brought visions of the 4cv or R5. The productino version of the A310 began in 1972 utilizing the same basic design and chassis as the A110 Berlinette. In 1976 the A310 was restyled by Robert Opron and fitted with the more powerful and newly developed V6 PRV engine. Towards the end of 1953, Michelotti and Allemano had delivered another little coupe to Rédélé. Also of significant note is that another of these “weakling” 5’s took second place in the 1979 Tour de Course, driven by Ragnotti once again. There were a few prototype bodies built bearing much resemblance to the Citroen-controlled Maserati Bora and Merak in their flip-up headlights, flying buttresses and rear-end treatments. Cette page recense quelques temps chronométrés par des pilotes amateurs sur le circuit de Lohéac lors de sorties circuit loisir.. L'objectif est d'offrir un point de comparaison entre les pilotes et les voitures, sans aucun esprit de compétition. 1982 Red Alpine Renault A310 V6 Sports Car right hand passengers side view of 1982 red alpine renault a310 v6 classic french left hand drive 2 two doo Paris, France. And to eventually ensnare for himself a share in ownership of Fissore. Maxi 350 ch. 3. Though the Trident was publicised as a Fissore creation, it appears that Fiore might not have actually been an employee of the carrozzeria, but rather a freelancer. And with it comes a story touched by tragedy and still steeped in mystery. Le stage de pilotage – 99,00€ Le circuit du Laquais, Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes, vous propose en attendant de recevoir votre exemplaire de faire un petit tour en Alpine A110, … The original 1971 car was never wind tunnel tested and suffered from both front end lift and rear instability and one of my jobs for the 1976 model was to counter these problems with small aerodynamic additions.’. The Alpine story begins in Dieppe in the early 1950s. Fiore was an English-born stylist who changed his surname – ‘Frost’ – to that of his mother – the italianate ‘Fiore’. De la F1 au Rallye ! Plus de détails. The A110, however, had overcome most of these barriers via proper production runs by the time the A310 began competition within the rally circuit. Maybe I should (clearly WRC related material is my forte)? I always had a soft spot for the A310, I thought it was a cool looking car. European auto design of that era really was quite incestuous, everyone seeming to work with everyone else for some limited period of time. The idea of producing a sports car upon which to pin post-war French pride began to germinate in Rédélé’s fertile mind and, in ’52, having failed to stimulate interest among domestic coachbuilders, he commissioned Allemano to construct a Michelotti-styled coupé on the 4CV platform. “the mid-rear engined R5 turbo came about as a Stratos-beating suggestion from Bertone, who themselves had created the Stratos.”. In all, only 2,340 A310s were produced. One item in the pictures above jumped out: Tornado mirrors. Thanks Jim. Thanks for the article Don. Excellent history of an – at least stateside – underappreciated marque. Renault has attempted to bury a lot of the rally competition development history of this car as a direct resultof it’s failure. In 1973, Jean Rédélé sold a controlling interest in Alpine to Renault, though he remained involved with the marque. Fed by an unusual combination of one single- and one twin-choke Solex carburettor, the 2664cc Douvrin unit produced 150bhp and a useful 151lb ft of torque, giving 0-60mph in just 7.2 secs and a top speed of 140mph. great article wonderfully researched and i loved all the photos. That same year the road cars were badged ‘Alpine Renault’ and were now available through the authorised Renault dealer network. The 2.6 L motor was modified by Alpine with a four-speed manual gearbox. The final clincher in its appeal, however, comes from those six lights behind that full-width plexiglas panelling. All in all, the best thing run here in a long while. I found this pic during my research. Voir plus d'idées sur le thème voitures aston martin, aston martin, voiture. 1976 also saw the release of the Renault R5 Alpine. From that point he became one of France’s most accomplished and celebrated drivers in rally and endurance events. Renault had been approached by industrialist Zark Reed who wanted to build fibreglass 4CV-based cars for the US market. Prieur was a significant member of the Alpine team and would be responsible for the manufacture of the production cars, built in a factory on the Avenue Pasteur in Dieppe behind the dealership of his brother Jacques Prieur (centre). I learnt lot there, and your knowledge of style and stylists comes right through. In six-cylinder guise, the A310 would remain in production until 1984, its replacement being unveiled at the Geneva Salon in March of that year and – in a first for the marque – launched in the UK two years later. Pay for a Porsche badge if you will, but you’ll be missing out on a superb sports car and transcontinental express. A significant contribution made quietly in deference to the ailing Béligond, perhaps. ‘The rear can be hung out to a great angle,’ he enthused, ‘yet the sudden uncontrollable breakaway of the typical rear-engined car never takes place.’ So much for swing-axle suspension being a liability, then. Trevor Fiore’s involvement has never been fully explained, though there is a recent book ‘Alpine La Passion Bleue’ by Bernard Sara that apparently addresses this. When he upped his order to 100 examples, Frua was unable to commit to the revised volume and Monteverdi instead contracted another carrozzeria, Fissore, to build the cars. I always preferred the three-slot version of the smooth wheel, the four-slot style tended to look static.’. Go for it. Aimed at improving refinement without damaging the Berlinette’s legendary cornering ability, the improved rear end would also be adopted in 1973 for the final four years of A110 production. I saw a Renault Sport Spyder, the 1996 aluminium car you show),recently, and you’ve reminded me to prepare a CC Outtake on it. I never realized that even a small run were actually sold here though. In 1977, Rédélé sold his remaining stake in Alpine to Renault. Although retaining the backbone chassis and glassfibre body construction of its predecessors, the thickness of the steel was reduced by 0.6mm while the strength of the plastic shell was much increased. In August 1973, the NACA ducts on the front wings were moved forward from their placement near the windscreen towards the leading edge of the car. It had also gained 3” in wheelbase. Don, what an absolutely fantastic write-up. It just shows that size doesn’t always matter. Even if you don’t have any curbside classic pics (though there is the cohort), I’m sure you could put together a pretty good Automotive History on a subject of your choosing. But it doesn’t sound like you really need it. In 1976 the A310 was restyled by Robert Opron and fitted with the more powerful and newly developed V6 PRV engine. The Clio with a 220 hp engine below, although an even more powerful version is in the works. Accounts describe his condition during the development of the new Alpine as one of increasing paralysis before he was to die in 1973. Alpine production … With greater mass hanging behind the back axle line than in its petite sister, the A310 is more pendulous in its handling, but the steering is superb, the performance exhilarating and, although the Douvrin V6 is hardly the world’s most sonorous powerplant, the overall driving experience is supremely addictive. 1 talking about this. If any of the CCommentariat have read this book, I would greatly appreciate their input. Its most notable results were a brace of thirds on the Tour de Corse (in ’74 and ’76) plus the French Rally Championship title in ’77, as Renault – which had taken a 55% stake in Alpine in 1973 – shifted the Dieppe company’s competition focus towards Le Mans. The contract required a master form and so this second car itself was sent to the US, almost immediately after Rédélé had taken delivery. I don’t think it’s doctored, I think it’s a genuine kiddyscale sports prototype. Though these images are not in strict chronological order, we can see how the shape of the Alpine two-seater cars moved towards their most iconic iteration as the A106 and Dauphine-based A108 models overlapped. He stepped away with a promise from Renault that they maintain production in Dieppe for the next fifteen years. This, however, was overshadowed by several factors. I came across it whilst looking for more information regarding the Solex carburettor setup of the A310V6. It had been based on his 1962 proposal for Lea Francis (bottom left), and his 1966 Bond Equipe 2 litre GT (with in-house detailing by Bond) was another example of this Fiore language. Having come close to winning the Rallye Monte-Carlo in 1950 and ’51, he took a strong class win on the ’52 Mille Miglia – a feat that he would repeat in 1953 and ’54. The unassisted steering is superb, the ride cosseting and the performance dramatic. These sketches are taken from a French news piece on Béligond and the Alpine A310. For 1996, Renault would be referring further back into the Alpine heritage. It was available with two versions of the PRV engine, the 2,849cc, 160 hp GTA and the 2,458 cc, 185 hp GTA Turbo. Looking forward to that A110 CC…. On entre dans un monde de sensations oubliées au volant de nos véhicules modernes et aseptisés. Il s'agit d'une vidéo à bord d'une A310 V6 d'origine roulant à l'E85. And the Porsches (except the Speedster) were eminently usable as a daily driver, with no compromises in comfort, ride, seating, etc.. D’après Louis Chazel, l’Alpine A110 CUP est une excellente base de développement. For the latest classic car news, features, buyer’s guides and classifieds, sign up to the C&SC newsletter here. Renault stylist Michel Béligond was seconded to Alpine in Dieppe to help with this new model. You’re right. Like the bittersweet dissonance within “ polnareff’s ” or the astringent edge of pastis, that slightly jarring face is intrinsic to the authenticity of the A310 shape. True, the dash is every bit as plasticky as that of a Supercinq, but in no other aspect does the car underwhelm you. On his return to France, Rédélé had a third coupe made which he was intending to race and hopeful of another production opportunity. The original six-lamp version is unquestionably the best–who else would design a look like that? Béligond had already indirectly made his way into the French psyche. As with the creations out of Stuttgart, its proportioning is not compromised by the rear engine location but actually enhanced by the successfully-met challenge it presented its authors. To return to the Monteverdi Hai; it is said that on a visit to Fissore Peter Monteverdi had seen Fiore’s work on the Alpine and insisted on using that shape for his own car. Here is the first verifiable instance of Fiore’s involvement with the Alpine. "This is a competition between the historical sports cars of France that are obsessed with rear-engine, rear wheel drive." The car weighed 840 kgs distributed 40% front and 60% rear. Fast forward 40 years, the VW Golf Mk1 GTI evolved into the VW Golf Mk7 GTI while the Renault 5 Alpine evolved into the Renault Clio Mk4 RS 220 Trophy. Before delivery commenced on production models that October, there was a final change to the body; the rear lights that sat above the bumper under flush plexiglas panels on the prototype were relocated and replaced with a cluster of blister units. 1990 saw the GTA Turbo Le Mans released in the home market, with a revised frontal treatment and flared wheelarches. On the other hand I get all googly-eyed over old Alfa Spiders and Lancia Fulvia’s so maybe I like the 60’s and the 80’s…Although 70’s VW and Ford of Europe styling does it for me as well so who knows…. Thanks for the Ledwinka headsup. 8. As pure automotive sculpture, I prefer it over the down-force appendaged later models. Some in-house ideas had been prepared before Renault looked to the Italian carrozzerie for suggestions. Whereas ‘Gordini’ seems more appropriate for performance variants of standard models, ‘Alpine’ requires a slightly weird body as well to really make sense of its brand equity. Bon cadeau valable 12 mois sur + de 70 dates. The Alpine name was owned here by PSA, so right-hand-drive cars were at first sold simply as Renaults. Alpine and Renault wanted the A310 to be equally successful on the rally circuit as the previous A110’s, naturally. Only 21 examples were made. The little that is known about the RAG project is that it was to be based on the 1965-released Renault R16 and featured the four-cylinder engine used in that family car in Gordini-developed form. Ces deux pièces forment un engrenage. Please use this form to update / correct information. Publications on this Supplementary Checklist are provided in PDF format. Your email address will not be published. Frequelin-Delaval, Ronde de la Giraglia winner The Alpine A310 V6 is likely one of the most beautiful rally cars of the seventies. It would be Jean Rédélé’s last commission for Giovanni Michelotti. Quite soon, the shape received faired headlights as had been seen on the 1958 Michelotti coupe. At its sticker price, sales were probably impacted by the fact that some buyers were waiting for the V6 version. You did a great job of explaining how Porsche introducing a 6 caused competitors to up their game. The A310 is deceptively quick – it goes like stink, in fact – yet it’s wonderfully cosseting. Probably explains why I like 205 GTIs as well. It would have a sort of latter-day Dieppe Raid. Roadholding was guaranteed to be spectacular with the R5 Alpine’s competition suspension at the front and the A310’s at the rear. What a great piece Don. History. The versions with slats and rear spoiler help, but the bare version is a problem for me. Though it would lead a troubled life due to chronic underfunding in its various production opportunities, the Trident influenced – amongst others – Colin Chapman to pursue this vernacular for his own cars. High-tech features included ‘plip’ remote central locking and electronic doorhandles, while the centre console was dominated by surely the most comprehensive hi-fi system ever to grace an ’80s production car – a graphically equalised button-fest clearly conceived for big-haired power ballads. Whereas the A310’s styling had been a radical leap forward compared to the A110, the third generation of our triumvirate – the GTA – was very much a case of subtle evolution. Now I will think of some of the pictures above. It was during this period that he, Béligond, or the both of them together came to the early 1968 shape in Dieppe. 18. During the most of 1970s and early 1980s, many small manufacturers of exotic cars often sift through the components made by OEM suppliers to peruse on their cars, i.e. It scuttles around curves in a flat, neat and nifty way that suggests something much smaller with light, quick steering. He travelled to Italy and engaged the emerging stylist Giovanni Michelotti. Having now driven one, I’m still utterly entranced by this most enigmatic of sports cars. The Alpine A310 was debuted to the public at the 1971 Geneva Auto Show and was meant as a replacement for the A110, though it stayed in production until 1977. The drive began with Les 17 tournants, the “17 turns”, one of the highlights of the Tour de France. However they did broaden Alpine’s range and would come to be directly replaced by the A310. The Alpine would have appealed only to hard-core racer-types, and that market was weakening throughout the 60s. The 4 stud wheels and rear end suspension were now derived from the R5 Turbo – which significantly influenced its handling for the better. - Page 17 Wow! This was not necessarily a matter of economical panel sharing; whereas the A310 body had been cast as a single piece, the GTA was to comprise a multitude of small body panels in fibreglass and plastic bonded together and to the chassis making it effectively a monocoque. Renault immediately halted further rally funding for the A310 at this point. The engine’s 310 hp output was no match for the 400+ hp of the Cosworth engines, so instead this V8 was used in the ill-fated Le Mans prototypes. That’s why some of design elements didn’t really harmonise with the entire design or some design compromises were made. It was much closer to the A310, but bearing a new body particularly at the rear. Legal apparently took Béligond’s rounded shapes and made them sharper, with more crisply defined junctures and surfaces. Featuring a tubular steel backbone chassis designed by Rédélé and his cousin Roger Prieur, the Berlinette gave a clear indication of the direction the marque would take – both in terms of styling and purpose. Faster at the expense of more rear weight bias, It took Group 5 homologation (which was not FIA WRC sanctioned) to slightly better the power of a Group 4 Stratos. I have a real soft spot for the Alpines, and A310s in particular. Recently caught this one in the backstreets of one of the bayside suburbs. Despite the fact that the Michelotti car was not favoured, Rédélé rather sneakily ordered a two-seater cabriolet prototype from Michelotti/Allemano based on the coupe as the Renault project progressed. Nice to see a picture of the Renault 5 Alpine. Must have been a few decades ago since I saw one on the road. Humbug! The car was powered by a succession of Renault engines. He engaged Frua to style the car and ordered 50 bodies to be made. Despite the misgivings of many, this gearbox was better able to exploit the range of the small four cylinder engine and help preserve its relatively delicate crankshaft. Heuliez was asked to help prepare the prototypes and the further the project progressed, the more it returned to the A310 shape. The Alpine-Renault A110 1800 is a legendary automobile. MOTEUR. He appears to have been a self-effacing and modest figure in the ego-driven world of the automotive stylist. 1964 saw success in the single-seater field. Grand Prix; Results and Standings Fiore’s place in the annals of automotive styling was firmed with his 1965-66 TVR Trident. Both started as successful drivers then went on to create exciting niche vehicles for road and track, and by dint of their accomplishments and their agreeable, charismatic personalities, their names strike an impassioned fervour amongst their compatriots. In 1976 the A310 was restyled by Robert Opron and fitted with the more powerful and newly-developed V6 PRV engine. Yet for all the magic, I’m not sure that I’d want to drive any great distance in the A110. Three, actually-one Series I and two Series II V6 cars. A hefty dose of negative camber plus short suspension travel and an unfeasibly low centre of gravity endowed the coupé with unrivalled ability on snaking asphalt. There was also a ‘Pack GT Boulogne’ featuring the 2,849cc version of the PRV breathing through 2 triple throat Weber 46 IDA carburettors and producing 193 hp (144kW). You made my day with all those A110 pictures, too. Your comprehensive high-quality articles are like a work of art. The A106 would not only prove itself in competition, this new company would go on to produce 251 examples of the model. Cheers Chris. Its still due for a new coat of paint, but it revs cleanly to 7k once warmed up and gets out once a week on the unfortunately too short of a drive to work. A sleek little Berlinette version of the latter would appear in 1961. Alpine A310 de GG et les Berlinettes A110 sur la piste "canard". The same version of the V6 was carried over but was now mated to a 5 speed. In 1954 Jean visited the US to discover for himself that the venture was a disaster. Peter Stevens had been directly involved with the Alpine for the introduction of the V6 model, launched in late 1976. The French police, or more specifically, the Brigade Rapide d’Intervention de la Gendarmerie, continued with tradition and had a small fleet of A310s; numbers quoted vary between five and seven. See more ideas about Auta, Vozidla, Francouzi. “What is it?” he finally enquires, despite having examined nose and tail for clues. Découvrez vos propres épingles sur Pinterest et enregistrez-les. Compounding the issue is another highly esteemed French brand owned by Renault – Gordini. In 1991, it was apparently brought over from the French island colony of New Caledonia. Aerodynamicist Marcel Hubert (bottom right) had been hired by Rédélé in 1962 primarily to work on their racing efforts starting with the M63, and would continue with the marque until 1982 as a crucial member of the team. It must have taken extensive research to write and to obtain all that photographic history. Hi Don, I just spotted and read your great article. The A 310 V6 was an alternative for the 911 Porsche I guess. The 2+2 cabin was a step-up in luxury for the marque, with electric windows, carpet and optional leather offered by Alpine for the first time. I certainly love absorbing all I can get from everyone else here .