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Alpine A108

Alpine A108 (France, 1955-1966)

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History, Development and General Characteristics

The Alpine A108 was publicly presented at the 1959 Paris Auto Salon, succeeding to the A106 model. Aesthetically, it was actually more similar to its successor, the A110, than to the A106. This car keeps on making use of engines and components from Renault.

An A108 cabriolet version was built for short period; however, that would be the sole cabriolet from the Alpine range and none other was ever built.

At the end of the A108 production ran, 236 cars of that model were built.



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Engine and Transmission

The Alpine A108 was launched with two engine layout options: 747 cc or 845 cc, both rear-mounted. With those engines, the cars produce power outputs that vary between 31 and 68 hp, depending on the variant.
The most powerful A108 variant could reach 106 mi/h (170 km/h). Like all Alpines, the A108 is rear-wheel driven.



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Chassis

Central tubular backbone chassis.

Steering Rack-and-pinion.  

Brakes Four-wheel disc brakes.



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Body and Design

The Alpine A108 was initially launched as a 2-door, 2+2-seat sports coupe, and then a Cabriolet version was added to the range.

The car is characterized for its rather aerodynamic bodywork, sporty style and for being quite small, light (less than 700 kg) and agile.



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