A108 is the second Alpine mannequin ever made

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The design of the unique A110 was impressed by the A108

For probably the most half, the 2 vehicles share an similar design, particularly within the later years of the A108

The Alpine A108 got here in 1958 and succeeded the 1955-1961 Alpine A106. The concept behind the A108 was to make the most of Renault Dauphine engines on the A106 platform, basically making a budget-friendly, rear-engine, rear-wheel-drive sports activities automobile. Truly, the A108 stayed in manufacturing till 1965, regardless of the A110 popping out in 1961.

It got here with a wide range of engines

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All through its manufacturing cycle, the Alpine A108 obtained three completely different engines, all of which have been inline-four. In addition they featured an OHV (pushrod) design and water cooling. The primary one was an 845 cc (51.6 cu. in) engine, which got here from the mass-produced Renault Dauphine financial system sedan. The engine developed 37 horsepower (28 kilowatts).

The larger, 904 cc (55.2 cu. in) engine got here in 1960, and with it a big bump in energy – 53 horsepower (40 kilowatts). The most important engine provided on the A108 was a 998 cc (60.9 cu. in) that made 65 horsepower (48 kilowatts) and 52 pound-feet (70 Nm). Based on a check carried out by Auto Zeitung in June 2020, an Alpine A108, outfitted with the 998 cc engine, managed a 0-62 mph (100 km/h) time of 15.9 seconds and a high pace of 167 km/h (103.8 mph). An achievement contemplating the 65-horsepower A108 had an marketed high pace of 170 km/h (106 mph) within the early Sixties.

Alpine A108 specs
Engine998 cc
Energy65 HP
Torque52 LB-FT
0 to 62 mph (100 km/h)15.9 seconds
Prime Pace167 km/h (103.8 mph)

All engines could possibly be outfitted with a 3, 4, or afterward a five-speed guide gearbox with a canine clutch. Not one of the A108 engines made it into the sportier A110, as they didn’t present enough efficiency.

It got here in a wide range of physique varieties

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It got here in 3 completely different physique types

Berlinette, 2+2 coupe, and convertible

When the A108 first got here out, it was solely provided as a coupe. In 1960, it was joined by two different physique varieties – a 2+2 coupe and a cabriolet, each of which have been 2.8 inches (7.0 cm) longer. In addition they featured a newly-developed chassis with two supporting cradles on every finish. The entrance cradle would accommodate the steering mechanism, whereas the rear one would “maintain” the engine.

It was very light-weight

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A complete of two,322 A108 have been constructed, between 1958 and 1965

These embody 1,500 French-built vehicles and 822, in-built Brazil

I believe we will all agree that light-weight vehicles have gotten more and more uncommon in our time. And though the modern-day Alpine A110, with its curb weight of two,381 kilos (1,080 kg) may be very gentle in response to trendy requirements, it’s nonetheless fats in comparison with the unique’s 1,556 kilos (706 kg) curb weight. However should you assume that’s gentle, there’s extra. The Alpine A108 ideas the scales at 1,323 kilos (600 kg), and that’s for the larger 2+2 coupe and convertible fashions. The improved, 1960 Berlinette weighed just one,168 kilos (530 kg), whereas additionally boasting a extra inflexible chassis, courtesy of Jean Rédélé.

Foreshadowing the A110

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The A108 additionally went racing

Nonetheless, with a 47 p.c ending ratio, it was marginally profitable

You could possibly say that it goes with out saying, however in 1961 got here one other model referred to as the Berlinette Tour de France, based mostly on the shorter coupe model of the A108. Visually, the automobile had new headlights positioned behind “wind-cheating” perplex covers that gave it a glance nearer to that of the A110.

The automobile additionally had extra chrome and extra air vents on the sidewalls in entrance of the rear wheels. As well as, the rear wheel arches are prolonged by a line that gives the look of a shorter rear overhang.

One other distinctive function is the massive grille on the rear, which permits for higher warmth dissipation.

The taillights come straight from the Dauphine, however are mounted the other way up onto the rear fins.

In Brazil, the A108 glided by a distinct identify

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It additionally had 3 completely different engines

It began with the Dauphine’s 845 cc engine, which made 37 hp. Probably the most highly effective engine was a 998 cc with 65 hp

The Alpine A108 was additionally produced in Sao Paulo, Brazil because of an settlement with Willys-Overland. On this a part of the world, the Alpine A108 was referred to as the Willys Interlagos. As with the French-built A108s, the Interlagos was in-built all three physique varieties – Berlinetta, 2+2 coupe, and convertible. The automobile additionally had a reasonably profitable racing profession. Manufacturing in Brazil ended with 822 models produced at Santo Amaro, Sao Paulo. For comparability, round 650 of its predecessor – the Alpine A106 – have been made.

Alpine A108 manufacturing numbers

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It was meant to be an reasonably priced, enjoyable sportscar

Initially, it used an engine from the Renault Duphine and was based mostly on the A106

By 1965 a complete of 1,500 A108 have been produced in Dieppe, France. Of these, 300 have been constructed between 1958 and 1960 and had straight headlights. The Tour de France model was produced between 1962 and 1964, regardless of the A110 already being on sale. We already talked about the 822 Willys vehicles, in-built Sao Paolo, Brazil, which brings whole manufacturing numbers for the A108 to 2,322 models.

Why the Alpine A108 is important

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Regardless of the A110 being a extra widespread mannequin, the A108 is definitely the extra important automobile for a few causes.

The A108 is Alpine’s first Berlinette and it additionally units the start of Alpine’s molding into a correct carmaker.

The A108 was additionally the primary automobile to supply a whole lineup of enjoyable sports activities vehicles and because of the Willys Interlagos variations, it managed to develop into a world model.

Dim Angelov

Dim Angelov

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