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30 July 2016

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Lot 106

1990 Renault Alpine V6 Turbo

  • Chassis no. VFAD5010500023155
  • Identification no. D501-210-J

Sold for $15,000


200 bhp, 2,458 cc SOHC V-6 engine, five-speed manual transmission, front and rear independent suspension with coil springs and anti-roll bars, and four-wheel ventilated disc brakes. Wheelbase: 92.1 in.

  • An advanced hand-built French GT
  • Desirable Japanese-specification version
  • Largely original, well-preserved condition
  • Very rare in North America


Jean Dieppe’s Alpine had become renowned in the 1960s for its performance automobiles built using highly modified Renault rear-engined drivetrains. After years of a casual affiliation between Renault and Alpine, the former purchased the latter outright and began to use Alpine to produce special high-performance versions of its products, much as Daimler-Benz employs AMG.

The Renault Alpine V6 Turbo of 1985–1990 was designed as a contemporary of the Porsche 944, but it was in many ways a faster, more powerful automobile. Performance was aided by new modern bodywork, renowned for its high aerodynamic efficiency (drag coefficient of 0.28) and then-innovative use of lightweight materials, including polyester fabrics and fiberglass. The body was mounted on a Lotus-style backbone chassis and equipped with a turbocharged V-6 engine. Much of the work that went into the car was handcrafted, thus resulting in a limited production of only about three V6 Turbos daily.

The V6 Turbo offered here was imported from Japan and is therefore a non-U.S. specification model with the somewhat hotter engine. Since relatively few of these cars were delivered in North America to begin with, it remains an extremely rare sight here and is sure to be among the biggest head-turners at local “cars and coffee” and import events this summer. It remains in very good original condition, including the elegant dark blue exterior finish, grey leather interior, and OEM alloy wheels, and it had been driven about 28,000 kilometers (or 17,000 miles) at the time of cataloguing.

This model provides a wonderful opportunity to enjoy better performance than an entry-level Porsche of the same era, at prospective lower cost—and with grand French style to boot!

Please contact our exclusive automotive transportation partner, Reliable Carriers, for a shipping quote or any other information on the transport of this vehicle.

Alexander Weaver

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+1 864 313 6844
California, United States

Alexander Weaver joined RM Sotheby’s in 2011 as a Car Specialist after graduating from Furman University in South Carolina. Born... read more

Augustin Sabatié-Garat

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+44 (0) 74 1511 4179
United Kingdom

Augustin Sabatié-Garat joined RM Europe in 2012 as a Car Specialist after more than a decade in the collector car hobby. Gradua... read more

Barney Ruprecht

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+1 203 912 7168
Ontario, Canada

Barney’s interest in classic cars began at an early age after being introduced to his father’s all-original 1965 Porsche 911. Barney l... read more

David Swig

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+1 415 302 2247
California, United States

David Swig joined RM Sotheby’s West Coast division as a Car Specialist in May 2015. David is a life-long automobile enthusi... read more

Don Rose

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+1 617 513 0388
United States

Don joined RM in 2006 after several years of professionally trading sports and classic cars, and after earning a reputation as a noted... read more

Donnie Gould

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+1 954 566 2209
Florida, United States

Donnie Gould joined the RM team in 2002 as a partner and Car Specialist after more than two decades in the vintage automobile auction ... read more

Gord Duff

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+1 519 352 4575
Ontario, Canada

Gord Duff began his journey with RM Sotheby’s in 1998. Since then, he has gained an intimate knowledge of a variety of marques a... read more

Jake Auerbach

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+1 310 559 4575
California, United States

Jake Auerbach got his start in the automotive industry at an early age, spending his summers during high school working at a classic c... read more

Kurt Forry

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+1 717 623 1638
California, United States

Having worked for Bonhams’ Automobilia department for over 10 years, Kurt Forry joined RM Sotheby’s with more than a decad... read more

Matt Malamut

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+1 805 231 6410
California, United States

A long-time car enthusiast and Southern California native, Matt studied Automotive Technology at San Diego Miramar College and complet... read more

Michael Squire

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+44 (0) 20 7851 7070
United Kingdom

Michael Squire joined RM Sotheby’s European Division in the summer of 2016. He comes to RM with a prestigious racing background ... read more

Mike Fairbairn

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+1 519 352 4575
Ontario, Canada

As one of the three founding partners of RM Sotheby’s, Mike has a long-standing interest in the classic car industry. Graduating... read more

Oliver Camelin

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+44 (0) 75 0110 7447
United Kingdom

With an extensive background in exotic sports car history and sales, a particular passion for American curves, and fluency in three la... read more

Paul Darvill

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+44 (0) 20 7851 7070
United Kingdom

Paul Darvill joined the RM Sotheby’s European team at the beginning of 2015. Paul holds a degree in French and Politics from the... read more

Pete Fisher

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+1 519 784 9300
Ontario, Canada

Pete Fisher was first introduced to antique cars in high school, working for Classic Coachworks in his hometown of Blenheim, Ontario. ... read more

Shelby Myers

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+1 310 559 4575
California, United States

Shelby Myers grew up with the classic car industry infused into every aspect of his life. He had the unique opportunity to watch the R... read more

Tonnie Van der Velden

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+31 653 84 19 60
United Kingdom

Tonnie Van der Velden joined RM Sotheby’s European division in September 2015 as a Car Specialist. A lifelong enthusiast, Tonnie... read more