ALPINE-RENAULT A 310 V6
ALPINE-RENAULT A 310 V6
Choose a decade and there’s something special to sample – in this case, the Seventies. In this case we present you this magnificent ALPINE-RENAULT A 310 V6
To anyone familiar with the original A110, the layout is identical; backbone chassis, glass fibre body and rear-mounted lump. Early cars had the 1605cc 17TS engine, but post-76 in came the PRV V6. So in essence the A310 is spiritual predecessor to both the lairy Renault 5 Turbo 1 (and 2), and even hairier Renault Clio V6.
The bigger engine saw weight rise by 70kg to 1010kg, but the 0-60mph sprint shortened by half a second to 7.5sec.
Bodywork is very good and completely original, with no bubbles, crazing or lifting evident on the glass fibre panels. The only minor blemish we could find was a small paint chip above the Renault Alpine badge on the rear, but this can only be seen when the engine bay is open. With glass fibre bodies the difference between a good ‘un and a bad ‘un is usually immediately discernible, and it’s clear this is the former.
The plastic air intake vents behind the B-pillar are both crack free, while the black plastic bumpers and rubber rear spoiler are in good condition and un-faded. The headlight cover panels are protected by a clear plastic film protector although one has a crack across it. The four-stud Alpine alloy wheels are things of utter beauty, and all in lovely condition.
The interior of this car is astoundingly retro, and completely original. a riot of retro khaki velour. But it’s not just the design, but the level of preservation, for a Renault cabin of this age to survive in this condition is fairly astonishing.The only other issue we can see is a bit of loose carpet trim where the door meets the inner wing panel in the driver’s foot well. Other than that it’s a lovely lesson in relatively mark-free Eighties beige velour and is a very attractive place to sit – even more so when you spark up that PRV V6 engine (Devil-ish exhaust and all) just behind your head.
‘mechanically it’s faultless but unrestored and uses no oil when driving. The Holley carburettor (replacing the original but troublesome twin Solex items) makes it eminently more driveable, rather than the original factory claim of 150bhp). It corners incredibly flat, yet combines this with a very supple ride that you just don’t get with more modern stuff. The steering is beautiful, as well.’
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