Lot 317 - 1988 Renault Alpine GTA V6 Turbo
|Odometer reading||19,244 miles|
|Result||Sold - £6,428|
The Renault Alpine GTA was produced by the Renault-owned French manufacturer Alpine between 1986 and 1991. It was the first car launched by Alpine under Renault ownership (though Alpine had been affiliated with Renault for many years with its earlier models using many Renault parts). It effectively updated the design of its predecessor, the Alpine A310, updating that car's silhouette with modern design features like body-integrated bumpers and a triangular 'C' pillar and with large rear windshield. It used the PRV V6 engine in a rear-engined layout with extensive use of Polyester plastics and fibreglass for the body panels making it considerably lighter and quicker than rivals such as the Porsche 944. It was one of the most aerodynamic cars of its time, the normally-aspirated version achieving a world record 0.28 drag co-efficient. The PRV engine, (The PRV engine is a car petrol V6 engine that was developed jointly by Peugeot, Renault and Volvo Cars), in the normally aspirated model was identical to the version used in the Renault 25, a 2,849cc unit producing 160hp. Also available was the turbocharged model which increased the power of the PRV unit to 200hp.
This very rare righthand drive, 200hp, Renault Alpine GTA V6 Turbo comes with original delivery certificate, manual, service booklet and the much sought-after full black leather interior with sports steering wheel. The bodywork bears the signs of regular use but the car runs well and the vendor has spared no expense in ensuring not only regular servicing but also investing in restoration work including 8,000 Euros spent with French Alpine specialist Garage Grégoire. This work addressed known GTA issues including full reconstruction of both sets of door hinge mountings, such that the doors operate as new with no drop also the removal and restoration of the rear sub-frame. Other enhancements include the installation of an all-aluminium motorsports radiator and sports exhaust. All work has been carried out by Alpine specialists including Paul Sage at Alpine Autos, Lee Crowther at Renault Alpine Tuning Services and JL Engineering. Although the odometer currently reads 19,244 it is probably in excess of 100,000 as it read 84,261 on a MoT test certificate advisory in February 2010. This is an opportunity to purchase an up and coming classic car that was built to beat the Porsche and Lotus cars of their day.
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