Lot 208 - 1974 Alpine Renault A110 1600S ‘1975 Targa Florio Entrant’

Lot 208 - 1974 Alpine Renault A110 1600S ‘1975 Targa Florio Entrant’

Lot 208 - 1974 Alpine Renault A110 1600S ‘1975 Targa Florio Entrant’

Lot Number 208
Registration RSX 429M
Chassis Number 18351
Engine Number 0096888
Estimate £105,000 - £135,000
Result Sold - £105,000
  • 23rd overall and 3rd in class at the 1975 Targa Florio
  • Offered with FIA HTP papers (to be renewed)
  • An ideal historic racing entrant with proven period history
  • Offered with the original Italian Libretto and current UK registration document
  • Fitted with a 353 Type five speed gearbox
  • Interested parties should note that if this vehicle is purchased and registered in Europe, the vendor is willing to pay 5% of the final hammer price (Circa £5,750) as a gesture of goodwill to accommodate the EU Taxes that would be due on the vehicle.

This Dieppe built 1600 S was delivered new to the Italian province of Palermo in 1974. Originally registered as ‘PA 413826’ chassis number 18351 was finished in Blanc Gardenia and was entered into the 1975 Targa Florio. Wearing race number 88 the Alpine was campaigned by O.Rubino and D.Vesco at the wheel, the pair placed an exceptional 23rd overall and 3rd in the 1.6 litre GT class. Its impressive participation is documented by period photographs and is featured in the book ‘Alpine Renault A110: Les Bleus Italiennes written by Francesco Panarotto’. Sold shortly after the race the Renault was acquired by an individual who stored the car for some 25 years. In 2000 the Alpine was purchased by a family who set about recommissioning the car. It was removed from storage and returned to running condition through a complete overhaul of the engine, gearbox, clutch and brakes. Over the course of the last twenty years, and until recently, it has been used sparingly, aside from the occasional excursion to ensure everything is in working order. At this time, the car received an FIA HTP with vintage racing in mind, but it has yet to compete in any events. As a proper Group 3 privateer sprint racer, it still retains its period Halda Tripmaster and is fitted with its original period roll cage.

This Alpine was acquired by a former Le Mans team owner and driver in 2018 who spent a small fortune on various recommissioning. He reports that the Renault is huge amounts of fun when on cam - yet docile and easy to drive in town. It is exceptionally engaging! The history file that accompanies the car includes the aforementioned documentation from the FIA, the original Italian Libretto, photos of various recommissioning, the current UK registration document, many period photographs of the 1975 Targa Florio and sundry invoices from recent works. This UK road registered example is ready to be enjoyed on the sweeping country roads and could once again be a highly competitive entrant to a number of vintage events. With its compelling and detailed racing history we are sure the new custodian will have huge amounts of fun!

Period photos courtesy of Actualfoto

Interested parties should satisfy themselves as to the description and condition of each lot prior to the sale. Accordingly, buyers are on notice that each vehicle is offered ‘as is/as seen’ subject to the Terms and Conditions for the auction. Buyers are advised to inspect the vehicle in person or use a professional to carry out this service. Historics will not entertain disputes over descriptions.

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