Tuesday 20th November 2018,
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Alpine A106 1957-1960

Having experimented with alloy bodies in his quest for weight-saving in his competition cars Jean Redele finally settled on glass-fibre as the way forward. He was committed to motorsport and therefore sold comparatively few cars before 1957. Working with the Chappe brothers Redele pioneered fibreglass body-work in France.

Using the excellent mechanics and chassis platform from the Renault 4CV he constructed the A106 for racing and rallying. Redele developed an imported 5-speed gear-box to replace the Renault 3-speed and the car was a great success. His ability to produce light-weight sports-cars would become legendary. By this time Renault was supporting Alpine`s race/rally team to the exclusion of their own team. Alpine had become Renault`s standard-bearer in international competition.

The road-version of the Alpine A106 made it`s debut at the Paris show of 1957. The car was very well received and was available with three power options and several carburettor and compression ratio options. It was presented as a 2-door 2-seater fixed-head coupe with the 747cc water-cooled inline-four-cylinder engine from the 4CV producing 21 bhp and mounted in the back. It was apparent to all that this was not a `souped-up` Renault but a fully-fledged sports-car in it`s own right.

The power options available offered 30 bhp and 43 bhp. Two transmissions were offered, 3-speed or 5-speed, both manual. The available power specs may not impress at first but it should be remembered that the kerb-weight was as little as 560 kg. The Alpine A106 handled very well and was perfectly at home on mountain roads.

Soon after, Michelotti designed an attractive cabriolet version. This car was the first to use the centre-tube back-bone chassis that would become Alpine`s trademark. The final A106 model used the 904cc engine producing 59 bhp. This version was also 30 kg lighter at 530kgs. Only 251 A106s were made.

Alpine A106 1957-1960 Specs
 
 
Body Type2 seater 2 door fixed-head/drop-head coupe
Engine PlacementRear
Drive TypeRear wheel drive
Brakes
FrontDrum
RearDrum
Dimensionsmminches
Length3696145.5
Width145057.1
Height127050
Wheelbase210082.7
Cargo VolumeIn front
Engine750 Renault OHV 8V
Cylindersstraight 4
Displacement747 cc45.6 cui
Power16 Kw21 bhp4100 RPM
Torque45 Nm33 ft. lb2000 RPM
Power/weight38 bhp/t
FuelPetrol
Top Speed95 km/h59 mph
Acceleration0-100 km/h - 0-60 mphNever
Fuel consumptionl/100 kmImperial mpg
Urban10.327.4
Extra-urban6.742.2
Combined8.533.2
Gearbox5 speed manual3 speed manual
Weight560 kg1235 lb
Engine750 Renault OHV 8V
Cylindersstraight 4
Displacement747 cc45.6 cui
Power22 Kw30 bhp4800 RPM
Torque64 Nm47 ft. lb2300 RPM
Power/weight54 bhp/t
FuelPetrol
Top Speed120 km/h75 mph
Acceleration0-100 km/h - 0-60 mph19.9 s
Fuel consumptionl/100 kmImperial mpg
Urban10.427.2
Extra-urban6.841.5
Combined8.632.8
Gearbox5 speed manual4 speed automatic
Weight550 kg1213 lb
Engine750 Renault OHV 8V
Cylindersstraight 4
Displacement747 cc45.6 cui
Power32 Kw43 bhp6200 RPM
Torque76 Nm56 ft. lb1800 RPM
Power/weight81 bhp/t
FuelPetrol
Top Speed154 km/h96 mph
Acceleration0-100 km/h - 0-60 mph16.4 s
Fuel consumptionl/100 kmImperial mpg
Urban10.626.6
Extra-urban740.4
Combined8.832.1
Gearbox5 speed manual4 speed automatic
Weight530 kg1168 lb
Engine900 Renault OHV 8V
Cylindersstraight 4
Displacement903 cc55.1 cui
Power44 Kw59 bhp6200 RPM
Torque87 Nm64 ft. lb2200 RPM
Power/weight109 bhp/t
FuelPetrol
Top Speed174 km/h108 mph
Acceleration0-100 km/h - 0-60 mph12.4 s
Fuel consumptionl/100 kmImperial mpg
Urban10.925.9
Extra-urban7.338.7
Combined9.131
Gearbox5 speed manual4 speed automatic
Weight540 kg1190 lb

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About Bev Roberts

Speed, the smell of hot oil, the roar of a straight-through exhaust and the scream of an engine at max revolutions. They have all been a large part of my life for almost 50 years. It is time to share my experiences with you, dear reader. Do you want to know more? Read on through my `Full Bio` and many articles.

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I was born in Hereford UK in 1948 and brought up in Gloucester UK. I played Rugby football internationally as a schoolboy. At the age of 17, a new and wet driving license in my paw, I entered motor racing. I was supported and financed by my parents and so my journey began.

In 1965 I bought a 1293cc Mini-Cooper `S` and campaigned it for a season. Having quickly made some good friends in the racing fraternity, several interesting opportunities came my way. I joined a sports-car team and raced in the Le Mans 24 hours in 1968 and 1969 in a Lola T70. Mechanical failure defeated both efforts. During that period I owned and raced a `D type` Jaguar and an AC Cobra. In those days cars like that were available and not too expensive, now they reside in museums and private collections. I had a chain of interesting cars through my youth including Jaguars, Minis, Mustangs and Lotus-Cortinas.

As a young driver I had my share of accidents too. Often the car would only be worth scrap-metal value by the time I got it home! I worked for an Aston-Martin/Jaguar dealership for a while, which enhanced my experience and gave me the opportunity to sample some very exotic machines, Ferrari, Facel-Vega, Iso and Maserati to recall a few of them.

At the end of 1969 I moved to South Africa to work on my uncle`s farm but the S.A. government had other ideas and drafted me into the army. After five years had passed I was thanked and released from the service. While I was there I bought a beige Cadillac Eldorado, previously the property of Marilyn Monroe. While I was away on a patrol my girlfriend had it re-sprayed pink! I was unimpressed by both the joke and the bill for the work!

When I returned to UK in 1974 I left it behind. On my return I found that the once-mighty British motor industry was in decline and was headed for oblivion. Motor racing was now very expensive so I turned to commercial transport. Driving large trucks gave me freedom and a chance to see some of the world. I don`t remember ever making a career choice but for the next thirty years a truck was my home. For about ten years in that period I owned two trucks of my own.

I also owned a famous MGB-GT, known as `Lucky`. If you`d like to read `The Story of Lucky` there is an article in Inopian`s archive. I finally retired, due to ill-health, in 2008. Since I had varied knowledge and many experiences on our subject I decided to share the stories of the cars I enjoyed (and hated) with the new generation.

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1 Comment

  1. Nick Garrison 29. January 2018 at 19:06

    Hi,
    I was hoping you could help me identify a vehicle if I send you a picture. Supposedly it is a 1956 Alpine and it has been in a garage for many many years . Not much info on the Internet and information would be appreciated
    Thanks,
    Nick Garrison

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