Though Alpine introduced the now-legendary A110 in 1963, it would be a full decade before the French firm achieved competition success with its rear-engined coupe, when a factory-prepped A110 racer would win the FIA’s first-ever World Rally Championship in 1973. Perfectly embodying the ethos of “win on Sunday, sell on Monday,” this high-profile win would ultimately prompt a slew of amateur and privateer racers to select the A110 as their race weapon of choice — one of which was this 1971 Alpine A110 1600 S with an extensive and well-documented Group 4 competition history.
Originally delivered to Milan in ’71 before being sold and re-plated in ’74, this exact example was campaigned by driver Tony Fassina at a myriad of races including the “Colli Euganei.” Over its race career, the ’71 specimen wore a number of different liveries, including a white Scuderia Giada Corse paint scheme, and an original red factory livery to which the vehicle has since been returned. In 1992, Alpine released an official certification for this vehicle, verifying that the chassis was utilized in Group 4 rally competition. Powering the Group 4 racer is a rear-mounted, fuel-injected 1.6L inline-four that’s good for 138hp and 110ft-lbs of torque. In 2016, the A110 1600 S began a comprehensive, period-correct restoration, returning it to its former glory.
Currently located in Milan, Italy, this 1971 Alpine A110 1600 S Group 4 Racer (VIN# 16806) is being offered through exotic car dealership ISSIMI with an asking price of €168,000 (~$190,000).