1970 Dinalpin A110 1100 VA
Offered by Artcurial | Paris, France | October 24, 2021
As sporty and rare and near-cottage-industry as the original Alpines were, it’s pretty amazing how much they licensed the design. Early Alpines were built all over the world by other companies, including by Willys in Brazil and FASA in Spain. Different brand names sprang up from other countries, including Bulgaralpine in Bulgaria and the Dinalpin in Mexico.
That’s right, this is a Mexican sports car, in that it was built there by Diesel Nacional (DINA), a Mexican bus and truck manufacturer. The Dinalpin A110 was sold between 1964 and 1974. There were 1100 and 1300 models. The 1.1-liter inline-four version was only available until 1971. This car started as one of those but was upgraded to 1300-spec by a private owner.
Only 200 Dinalpin 1100 models were made. For some reason, despite it being in France and looking exactly like an Alpine, the pre-sale estimate is much lower than the French version: $40,000-$63,000. Click here for more info and here for more from this sale.
Update: Sold $44,426.