In 1985 Renault nearly blessed us with something special. After years of selling Dauphines, Le Cars, and Alliances, they finally decided to bring over something badass and quick, the Alpine GTA. They went through all the work of federalizing the car with side markers, big bumpers, and catalytic converters when Renault chief Georges Besses was assassinated. A new timid leadership abandoned the project instead releasing a souped up Alliance with the GTA moniker. That car wasn’t bad, actually, but it sure as fuck wasn’t an Alpine. They actually built 21 U.S. spec Alpine GTA’s, but they were never sold in America although one did make its way to Florida. 12 were sold to the public with the rest going back to Alpine to be recycled into Alpine “Le Mans” cars which was an Alpine with a body kit. I’m not sure what the price of these cars was going to be, but they were planning on exporting 2500 a year. Oh, what might have been.

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