by J Kraus
The Alpine Renault A110, designed by Giovanni Michelotti, was introduced in 1966 and was produced through 1973.
The instrument panel is most notable for the generous size of the Veglia speedometer and tachometer. The speedometer includes the fuel level readout at the 3:00 position and the tachometer incorporates the water temperature gauge in the same spot. Oil pressure and ammeter gauges are located top centre above a small clock.
Most famous as a rally car, an Alpine-Renault 1300 won the 1964 Tour de France and Rallye Monte-Carlo of 1970. The 1440 version claimed overall victory in the Tour de Corse in 1968 and the Coupe des Alpes in 1968 and 1969. The 1600 and 1800 won just about every rally they entered at least once including finishing 1,2,3 at the Rallye Monte-Carlo in 1971 and 1973.
The featured Alpine is a rally car and as such is fitted with a period-correct Halda Speedpilot, Halda Tripmaster, chronometer and two stopwatches.
A few years ago John was competing against me, piloting this Alpine in a weeklong vintage rally encompassing road stages, circuits and hill-climbs. However, events transpired that rendered both his Alpine and my co-driver hors de combat and we joined forces, much like Lord Brent Sinclair and Danny Wilde in The Persuaders!, and finished the event together in my Porsche; a story for another time.