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Alpine Renault A220 Chassis 1731

It is one of five existing cars to have raced at the time entered by Alpine in the 1968 and 1969 24 Hours of Le Mans.

The A220 was an evolution of the A210, equipped with a 290-horsepower 3.0-liter V8 connected to the rear wheels via a five-speed manual transmission.

This is the second A220 built before the 1968 season, and it made its debut at the Le Mans Trials where Mauro Bianchi and Roger Delageneste set the fourth fastest time. She then raced at Zeltweg and Le Mans, but each time a mechanical failure ended the race prematurely. In 1969, it was entered at Spa Francorchamps and Le Mans but again reliability problems caused the project to fail.
The bodywork of chassis 1731 was then modified so that the car could be used in road rallying. The tail was modified and it became the only A220 registered for the road. Kept by Alpine, it was then acquired from Renault by one of the team's original designers, Jean-Pierre Buirette. Between 1984 and 2004, he meticulously restored the car to its former glory. Today, it is the only A220 in existence that retains the side radiators and short-tail bodywork used in the second half of the 1969 season.
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