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1969 Renault Dinalpin A110

Largely Unmodified, Running and Driving 1400 cc A110.

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VIN 00000000269
Exterior Color Metallic Blue
Interior Color Black Interior
Mileage 62577 Kms TMU
Engine 1400 c.c. 4-Cylinder no. AE07057A8
Transmission 5-Speed
Status Sold
Stock FJ1916

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1969 Renault Dinalpin A110
s/n 00000000269, Engine no. AE07057A8
Metallic Blue with Black Interior

In 1965 Renault set up factories all over the world to build cars locally and skirt import tariffs. In Brazil, the company set up shop with Interlagos, and the cars were built under license by Willys Overland do Brasil S.A., the brand name being Willys Interlagos. The Bulgarian operation was called Bulgaralpine, and the Mexican operation in Vallejo City was a tie-up With DINA (Diesel Nacional), dubbed Dinalpin. Others were built in Spain, and of course, France. During this time of production the company was still owned by its founder, Jean Rédelé.

The French A110s were built in comparatively higher volumes, but the Dinalpins are much scarcer. Numbers are hard to come by, but an approximate total production of Alpines is 10,000 units, the last being built in 1978. It is believed that less than 1,000 examples of the Dinalpin were produced. While it's a fact that Dinalpins command less than their French-built counterparts, there's no evidence to suggest that they were more shoddily constructed. The cars are viewed as largely equal by A110 enthusiasts, and outstanding value at that.

A110s are obviously sleek, low lying, and attractive, with their Italian designed body by Michelotti. All were built on a Spine type chassis, rear engined, with a 5 speed transaxle. A variety of engines were used, ranging from 956cc to 1.8L in displacement, and with an array of cylinder head configurations. The body was fiberglass and the combination proved to be incredibly successful as rally cars. An A110 won the Monte Carlo rally in 1971 and in 1973 won the WRC manufactures championship winning 6 of 13 events in the hand of 4 different drivers. While perhaps not well known in the US, they have a cult following in other parts of the world, particularly in their homeland.

This particular example employs the standard R8 engine (believed by the seller to have been bored-out from 1100/1300cc to 1400cc), which stresses simplicity, with a single overhead came arrangement. All the Dinalpin examples were believed to have been originally supplied with the R8-based engine. It maintains its original narrow track coachwork, and sits on three-lug two piece cast center/aluminum outer modular wheels found on other Dinalpis.

It was purchased by the present owner in early 2014, and imported by him from Chapalita, Jalisco, Mexico where the car was previously owned by a Mrs. Rios Preciado. It is best described as a running and driving example mechanically, with some minor sorting required. Cosmetically, it is a nice driver with a generally unmodified appearance.

 


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