Finally some nimble sporty Frenchy. The last real Alpine, an A310. The last 'real' because this was developed before Renault took over in 1972.

The first generation A310 had a Renault (of course) 4-cylinder sourced from a Renault 17 TS/Gordini. It got a redesign in 1976 by Robert Opron (the 6-headlights were replaced by only 4 and removal of the NACA ducts just before the windshield were most visible changes) and Alpine/Renault mounted a bigger engine, the infamous 2.6 PRV V6 with 150hp.

So this model, a Solido 1/43, is a 1st gen 1600. Nowadays a 4-cylinder is more sought after than a 6-cylinder if you look at what they're both offered for. There's a lot less (only 2.340 units were built as over 9000 V6) and I can imagine the V6, behind the rear-axle like with a 911, can unbalance the car somewhat more. I suppose that are the main reasons but I haven't done any reading/research on this so there could be more reasons.

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This has to be one of the worst Solido's I've got. Just look at the rear side window. If you don't know what I mean just enlarge the picture. Further more scale and details are pretty good (proper wheels, location of the Alpine logo - although the logo itself isn't painted: it's the roundel above the rear-wheels, stuff like that) except for the exhaust that's sticking out on the left. It should on the right as far as I'm aware.

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The rear hatch will open and that the only thing that will open at all. Too bad the real one has a 'strong' bend near the lowest part which the model simply lacks.

Being a Solido it came with both a blister and a box-packaging but if you've read some of my prior French Friday postings you've probably guessed that already.

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Definitely not the last A310 I'll own (even been looking for a real one in France this summer) as the car deserves a better model. Maybe I'll just have to go for a Minichamps as this car deserves a better casting.