A story of an enchanting classic. This red Renault A310 Alpine Coupé from Marcel has the status of a work of art, a car with character that exudes speed.
By: Dirk de Jong
This sports car had almost fallen into disrepair. He stood for a long time with a dealer who got the car from Germany himself, but hadn't done anything with it yet and had therefore not yet put it on a Dutch registration. The car had only had two German owners, but the last one had done little good to it. On the outside, the Renault A310 Alpine Coupé was covered with stickers, an engine compartment where the air filter had been taken care of with the red brush and several parts were missing. In addition, a new interior had been fitted and that had become a hodgepodge. Blue faux leather over the dashboard and door panels, combined with white/brown fabric, a totally discolored center tunnel. All finished with a kitsch mat set with red trims and as many alpine logos as possible. And so the Alpine clearly didn't stand there in its hum between the American cars and excavators. Not the place where you would expect such an exclusive car as this Renault A310 Alpine Coupé. That turned out to be the case, because the car went unnoticed for a long time by other enthusiasts.
But Marcel knew for a long time that the real beauty does not perish, because the car remained in his sights. If you could see through the stickers there was just a very nice and early A310 V6. A solid chassis with an untouched phase 1 body in the beautiful original color Carmin Rouge. Original details such as chrome strips and the short delivered split spoiler were still there and… a few beautiful options were added. The actually quite nice original 13-inch rims have been replaced by highly sought-after 15-inch Gotti's and the original manifolds and exhaust replaced by a devil competition exhaust system. The technique was of course a question mark, but Marcel would gladly take that risk.
Unfortunately… because for a long time all this was beyond Marcel's financial capacity. But, as mentioned, the Alpine was not up to its potential here, which led to little interest from potential buyers. So it was that the asking price kept falling and suddenly it was within reach. So Marcel bought the car. Of course the car has now been completely overhauled, all non-original items have been removed and the car has been put on a Dutch registration. And… finished with beautiful luxury blue plates, because the Renault A310 Alpine Coupé comes from 1977.
Attached to Renault
The Renault brand gives Marcel a positive and intense feeling and he shows that deep meaning in his garage. It all started with a yellow Renault 5 in a special 'Aerobic' version, which at the time was used for wonderful holidays with a friend (now his wife for a long time). Later, a Renault 5 Alpine, a Renault 11 turbo followed and then the fence was over. Many other Renaults followed. The list of cars that were in or once owned is long. Renault 4, 5, 8, 11, 12, 16, 19 Relays and of course many newer types for daily transport. Now, in addition to the A310, there are also a Renault 5 Alpine Turbo, a Renault 16 TX, two Renault Relays, one in a camper version and one pickup that is occasionally used as a food truck. (Before you know it, you'll have a whole collection.)
That passion is contagious is apparent from his enthusiastic group of Renault friends, who also all show positive emotions about their property and who regularly visit events and meetings. In addition, projects are regularly purchased with friend Ernst and refurbished on the regular key evening. Not everything can stay, many cars are passed on to other Renault enthusiasts after refurbishment, who can enjoy them just as much as Marcel does.
La douce France
The holiday destination is France every year, of course also because of the nice temperatures, the terraces with a glass of wine and a piece of cheese, but especially the search in the countryside for past automobile history. Not always to buy, but to enjoy. In this way Marcel's motorists' heart remains active and commitment, enthusiasm and dedication for Renault does the rest.
Marcel: “My Alpine is sporty in every fiber, it is pure driving pleasure. Sporty Renaults have always attracted me and the Alpine brand is the pinnacle of this. The model A310 is a real childhood dream for me. That seventies model, the clean lines, really beautiful! The driving experience is very special. You are kind of in the car and the road holding is super direct. You feel that this is a driver's car where no concessions have been made to the driving pleasure. Due to its low weight, the power of the 6 cc 2700 hp V150 engine is more than enough for fast acceleration. On to the next bend.
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