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(1973, Alpine A110, 1600 VC ... The Société des Automobiles Alpine SAS, commonly known as Alpine, was founded in 1955 by Jean Rédélé and is a French manufacturer of racing and sports cars. The company has been closely related to Renault through its history, and was bought by it in 1973 ... and it became one of the most dominant racing and sports car manufacturers of the late 20th century. Perhaps the firm’s most famous product was the A110, which is the one in this photo shoot; a squat and shapely rear-engined two-door coupé that was based on the relatively “humble” R8 sedan.
The A110, an evolution of the A108 that preceded it, featured a redesigned fibreglass rear body in order to accommodate the R8’s larger engine range, which eventually topped out at nearly 140 hp from a 1.6-litre inline four-cylinder. The model entered into production in the early 1960s, after debuting at the 1962 Paris salon, but it didn’t truly come into competition focus until its R8-sourced engine was swapped out for an aluminium-block unit from the R16 in 1973.)
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1998 Mercedes-Benz CLK LM Strassenversion "The Endgame"
CLK LM Chassis #002 is the only one of its kind. In 1998, Mercedes-Benz decided to make an official comeback (as chassis and engine constructor) at the Le Mans 24 Hour Race.
The engineers at AMG were convinced that only a much more compact engine, which would allow upgraded aerodynamics would achieve this goal. AMG made the strategic move to reintroduce the “M119” V8 engine with 5.0L tested eight years earlier on the Sauber Mercedes C11 Group C (however flange mounted from a 730HP to a 600HP to meet regulation requirements of the GT1 category).
A brand new chassis and a completely reworked aerodynamic body housed the mythical V8 engine: the CLK LM was born. Likewise with the CLK GTR in 1997, on top of the four CLK LM “racing” chassis, Mercedes-AMG undertook towards the FIA to build 25 “street versions” of the CLK LM under the express obligation to present at least one finished model before its first race to take place on June 5th, 1998 at the Le Mans 24 Hour Race.
The factory immediately produced two “street version” – “Strassenversion” in German of the CLK LM: chassis #001 which will live out its destiny as a crash test version for German certification needs and chassis #002.
Chassis #002 was presented for the first time to the world’s media at the 1998 Le Mans 24 Hours. Thanks to chassis #002, Mercedes-AMG was entitled to register in 1998 for the FIA GT World Championship in the GT1 category. There is no other car in the world, cleared to drive on public roads, that is more radical than the CLK LM Strassenversion.