Thursday, 19 June 2014

Calberson A310

Words & photos - Daniel Bevis

Group 4 race cars always tended to be pretty ostentatious, taking a production car and beefing it up with chunky arches, spoilers and whatnot. The brilliant thing about the Alpine A310, however, was that it was a pretty mad-looking thing to begin with. The bluff tail and shovel nose were pure junior supercar, while the jutting wheelarches lent themselves rather well to being stretched out to accommodate a wider, racier track.
Earlier models had four-cylinder engines, but the post-1976 cars came with a 3.0-litre V6, mid-mounted on the steel backbone chassis and having very little weight to propel thanks to the fibreglass body. The success of the Group 4 racers led to a GT Pack being offered for road cars, meaning that the boisterous girth you see here could be specified on something with a tax disc (!), while the standard production-spec 149bhp was beefed up to 193bhp in race trim thanks to the addition of juicy triple Webers.
The car you see here is particularly eye-catching, running dishy PLS Nogaro wheels and a delicious rhubarb and custard colour scheme. So, would you rather take your mid-engined, mid-seventies, low-slung thrills in traditional Italian flavour, or buck the trend and try going French? This A310 makes a compelling argument for the latter...

Spotted at the Bromley Pageant - click here for more photos.

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