Alpine is a French manufacturer of sports and racing cars that was founded in 1955. The company initially began as a partnership between Jean Rédélé, a young sports car enthusiast and dealer, and his father’s Dieppe-based garage. Rédélé had been racing cars for several years before he decided to build his own car, the Alpine A106, which was based on the Renault 4CV.
The Alpine A106 was successful in competition, and it was followed by a series of other models, including the A108, A110, A310, and GTA. These cars featured innovative designs and lightweight construction, which made them highly competitive in racing. The A110, in particular, was a dominant force in rally racing during the 1960s and 1970s, winning several championships.
In the early 1970s, Alpine was acquired by Renault, and the company began producing cars under the Renault-Alpine name. The A110 was succeeded by the A310, which was followed by the GTA and A610. These cars were still designed and developed by Alpine, but they were built using Renault engines and other components.
In the late 1990s, Renault decided to discontinue the Alpine brand, and the company stopped producing cars in 1995. However, the Alpine name was revived in 2017 with the introduction of the A110, a new sports car that was designed to capture the spirit of the original A110.
Throughout its history, Alpine has been known for its innovative designs, lightweight construction, and racing success. The company has won numerous championships in rally, endurance racing, and other forms of motorsport, cementing its reputation as one of the most successful and respected sports car manufacturers in history.