1966 Renault Alpine
Year of manufacture1966
- Genuine Le Mans 24 Hours competitor, in one of the best French teams of the period
- Continuous history
- Restored, ready to race
- Regular participant in historic motorsport events
The story of Alpine's participation at Le Mans in the 24-hour race began in 1952, with Jean R�d�l� at the wheel of a 4 CV. However it was in 1963 that Alpine developed the M63, a prototype designed for endurance racing. With a very streamlined shape, this served as the base for subsequent Alpine prototypes, through to the V8-powered A220 of 1968. The Alpines of this period collected an impressive number of class wins as well as the energy and performance indices at Le Mans.
The M63 evolved into the M64 then the M65, fitted with the two lateral fins on the rear boot lid that defined the model. This was an innovation by the aerodynamics specialist Marcel Hubert, designed to improve stability at high speed. In 1966, chassis 1720, the car on offer, became the first A210, one of seven A210 chassis (1720 to 1726) to leave the Alpine workshop. The following chassis, numbered 1727 to 1737, were 3-litre V-8 versions. In practice for the 1966 Le Mans 24 Hour Race, Mauro Bianchi caused a sensation by recording an average speed of over 200 km/h with a 1300cc engine ! It was the first time that a 100% French car had achieved such a feat on the circuit at Le Mans. Four of the six A210 cars that started the 24 Hour race that year (five 1300cc with Porsche gearbox and one 1005 cc with Renault gearbox) finished in ninth, eleventh, twelfth and thirteenth places and Cheinisse-Delageneste won the Index of Energy. The following year no less than seven A210s took part. The 1500cc car of Bianchi-Vinatier finished in thirteenth place, while the 1300cc cars did even better : Grandsire-Rosinski finished an impressive ninth, just ahead of De Cortanze-Leguellec, with Delageneste-Cheinisse crossing the line in twelfth place. In spite of this powerful posse snapping at the heels of the Ford MK4s, Ferrari P4s and factory Porsches, the Alpines were beaten in the indices by German cars. Alpine exacted its revenge in 1968, however : Leguellec-Serpaggi finished ninth at the wheel of their 1500cc machine, Th�rier-Tramont won the Index of Energy in a 1300cc while the tiny 1005cc car of Nicolas-Andruet won the Index of Performance.
The car presented in the sale, chassis 1720, participated twice in the Le Mans 24 Hour race : in 1966 with De Cortanze-Hanrioud (1 000 cc engine ; retired in the 18th hour) and in 1967 with Vidal-Cella (1 300 cc engine ; retired in the 7th hour). It also competed and won its class in 1000 Km races in Paris (Delageneste-Cheinisse) and Spa (Delageneste-Patte) in 1966.
Once its racing career was over, Alpine sold the car to the renowned collector Serge Pozzoli who subsequently sold it few years later to the French collector Herv� Charbonneaux. The 24th December 1991, the current owner acquired the car from Maurice Louche, the enthusiast known for his books on the history of motor racing. He restored the Alpine in his own workshop before using it to compete in various historic motor racing events. The car has participated in the Le Mans Classic several times since 2002 and other Classic Endurance Racing events, and was invited to the Goodwood Festival of Speed in 2005.
Today, the car is fitted with a 1500cc engine and comes with a spare engine of 1000cc (58B Type). According to the expert Christian Huet there were only 18 typical engines 58 made by Gordini, numbered from 01 to 19, 13 bringing bad luck...
Presented in good race-ready condition, its styling is not only supremely elegant but also aerodynamically efficient. Eligible for the most prestigious historic events, it represents a rare opportunity to acquire a car that competed in the Le Mans 24 Hours, as part of one of the most outstanding French teams of its day.
Period competition history
- 2-3/04/1966 - pre-qualifying testing at Le Mans
- 25/04/1966 - Monza 1000 Km (reg 809 W 76), N�53, �quipe Vinatier & De Lageneste 18th
-11/05/1966 - Le Mans demonstration
-22/05/1966 - Spa 1000 Km (reg 809 W 76), N�22, De Lageneste & Patte, 9th and class win
-18-19/06/1966 - 24 Heures du Mans, N�55, �quipe De Cortanze & Harrioud 1 000 cc, 695 kg, appearance of 3 roof lights, retired in the 18th hour (water pump)
-04/09/1966 - N�rburgring 500 Km, qualified 5th, retired on second lap with broken chassis
-09/10/1966 - Les coupes du salon Montlh�ry, Mauro Bianchi, with Hewland gearbox
-16/10/1966 - Montlh�ry 1 000 Km, N�7, De Lageneste & Cheinisse, 4th and class win - 1 300 cm3
-14/12/1966 - tested on Michelin track
-8-9/04/1967 - pre-qualifying testing at Le Mans, De Cortanze 4'17"4 = average speed of 188,266, N� 48
-10-11/06/1967 - 24 Heures du Mans, N�58, �quipe Vidal & Colla, 1300 cc, 702 kg, timed at 240 km/h at post 44, retired in hour 7, lubrication problem
-1967 - Kyalami 9 Heures, N�21, Depailler & Grandsire, 7th and class win - 1 500 cc moteur 1 500 cm3
Modern competition history
- 07/2002 - Le Mans Classic
- 06/2003 - Le Mans Legend 1st in class
- 07/2004 - Le Mans Classic
- 11/2004 - Paul Ricard Classic 1st in class
- 07/2005 - Goodwood Festival of Speed
- 11/2005 - Paul Ricard Classic 3rd overall & 1st in class
- 05/2006 - Spa CER 1st in class
- 07/2006 - Le Mans Classic
- 06/2007 - Le Mans Legend 1st in class
- 05/2007 - Spa CER 1st in class
- 06/2007 - N�rburgring CER 1st in class
- 11/2007 - Paul Ricard CER 1st in class
- 11/2007 - Valencia CER 1st in class
- 07/2008 - Le Mans Classic
- 07/2010 - Le Mans Classic
- 11/2010 - Paul Ricard CER 1st in class
- 07/2012 - Le Mans Classic
- 06/2013 - Le Mans Legend 2nd in class