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Renault Alpine A108 1958-1965

The Alpine A108 was a light-weight glass-fibre bodied, rear-engined two-door coupé produced for a young competition-oriented Dieppe based Renault dealer called Jean Rédélé. The car replaced the Alpine A106 and was based on mechanical components from the Renault Dauphine.

The 108 was launched at the Paris Motor Show in autumn 1957, but initially production volumes were low and the company’s principal offering continued to be the older 106 model until 1960.

The Alpine 106 had taken its name from the first three digits of the four digit homologation number of the old Renault 4CV on which the car was based. Applying the same logic the new car should have been called 109 because it used mechanical components from the newer Renault Dauphine which was registered under the French homologation number 1090, but instead the new car, which inherited many of its non-mechanical components from the 106, was given the name Alpine 108. In this form, where the 106 had used an engine from the Renault 4CV, the new model, as launched in 1957, used the Gordini version of the 845cc engine fitted in the Dauphine.

1960 saw the introduction of an Alpine 108 cabriolet and a 2+2 coupé called the GT4. These versions were slightly longer than the original and featured a newly developed “beams and backbone” chassis with the beams at each end supporting cradles which carried respectively the engine at the rear and the steering mechanism at the front. This basic architecture would be used for Alpine sports cars until the Alpine A110 was phased out in 1977. These models, like the original coupé, were assembled by Chappe et Gessalin, but with a wheelbase lengthened by 7 cm. The mechanical elements were as before, with the Renault Dauphine engine offered in 845 or 904 cc form. By the time production of the 108 came to an end in 1965, fewer than 100 of these lengthened versions had been produced.

The 108 played an important part in the transformation of Alpine into a mainstream (though always low volume) car producer. In 1960 an upgraded version of the model known as the “Berlinette Tour de France” replaced the original “coach” version of the car. The obvious visual difference was at the front where the headlights were now integrated into the front wing behind a windcheating perspex cover. This was the model offered in the show rooms from Autumn 1960 which continued in production until 1965, preparing the way for the commercially more successful A110.

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