While the power figure itself might not be huge, the owner (Ian) speaks of its capability: “It’s so long-legged. Motorways, autoroutes, we’ve had a few French holidays with it, it’s just so relaxing to drive because the engine’s not working – it’s not having to work very hard at all.”
So what is the story behind Alpine A310? Well, it was introduced as the successor the legendary A110, which won the World Rally Championship in 1973, a four-seater sportscar with an updated look to match the new trends of the 1970s. The body was formed from fibreglass, which covered a tubular steel chassis, and altogether weighed 980kg. It followed the same ideology of its esteemed predecessor, but never quite hit the same heights in the world of motorsport. It raced as a Group 4 car in French competitions, and enjoyed a successful campaign in the 1977 French Rally Championship.
In the years following its production run, it hasn’t quite garnered the same appreciation that we have seen for the A110 – there’s no A310 reimagining in the pipeline for the time being – but there are plenty of enthusiasts out there looking after these rare and charming cars.