The French based automotive company Alpine produced several different luxury sports cars during the 1960s and 70s, although few made its way to the United States due to the congested market of muscle cars. In fact, the U.S. wanted larger cars with huge engines over the compact offerings produced by Alpine, which is why these vehicles stayed mostly in the UK and throughout Europe. The A110 started production in 1961 and lasted up until 1977.
The 1972 Renault Alpine A110 1600S, also known as the 1600 VB offered the most powerful engine up to that point in the French vehicle at 138 horsepower (the subsequent models after the 1973 model produced 140 horsepower, outside of the final model year, which put out only 93).
The 1972 Renault Alpine A110 1600S was a small, two-door couple that used an RR layout. Despite the smaller engine though, the 1972 Renault Alpine A110 1600S was one of the best rally cars of the time period, thanks to the overall construction of the vehicle. It eventually went on to win the first World Rally Championship due to the handling of the vehicle as it could turn and take the curving, European roads far easier than most vehicles of the time.