It’s the Franco-Mexican cousin of the Renault Alpine A110 like you haven’t seen before

The Renault Alpine 110 is arguably one of the French automaker’s best creations. It’s also one of those models whose history extends all the way to Mexico. Yep. From France to Mexico…to Spain…to Bulgaria where it was named "Bulgaralpine.” That’s the story of the Dinalpin A110, a Renault Alpine 110 that was built under license by the DINA company in Mexico.

The weird history notwithstanding, the Dinalpin A110 is actually a great-looking car, at least if you don’t try to stare too long at the three-lug wheels. One such owner of the Franco-Mexican sports car is Dave Griffiths, who got a lead for the car after winning one on an auction site in Puerto Rico. Eventually, Griffiths found himself with a Dinalpin A110 and proceed to restore the car, giving it some hot rod love with drivetrain parts from the Renault Alpine parts bin.

Eventually, he got his Dinalpin A110 to produce 120 horsepower, double the output of the original model. Sure, the output isn’t anything to get excited about, but with a weight of just 1,500 pounds, there’s enough power-to-weight ratio there to make it more than just an ordinary Dinalpin A110. And to think that Griffiths ended up with this car by wasting time on the Internet.

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Kirby Garlitos
Automotive Aftermarket Expert - kirby@topspeed.com
Kirby’s first exposure into the world of automobiles happened when he caught Knight Rider on television as a five-year old boy. David Hasselhoff didn’t leave much of an impression on him (that happened later on in Baywatch), but KITT certainly did. To this day, Kirby remains convinced that he will one day own a car with the same ‘spirit’ as the original KITT (not the 2008 monstrosity). He doesn't know when that will be, but until then, he’s committed to expressing his love for KITT, and all cars for that matter, here at TopSpeed.  Read More
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