This week’s post is a bit Teutonic as well. The picture above doesn’t show it with those two Alpines but it really is. The one on the right is TFritch’s beloved GT V6 Turbo Le Mans. He and I share a tremendous love for these so I know it must have hurt ‘m a lot when he added it as a ROAK to a package containing a bearing I’ve been looking for for years now for the rebuild of my 1:1 2002 tii Touring.
Then again: He promised me it in case he’d get this V6 GT Le Mans in the best color of all, Bleu Alpine. Because that one is simply beyond epic. For those unfamiliar with it:
I’m sorry if anyone fainted or started crying, it just has a certain impact, I know. But I’m curious now if TFritch did get it in this color as I had not seen it coming by over here lately?
So did the bearing solve all my problems? Nope, it wasn’t the exact correct size. But I’m sure TFritch is able to deliver, he is a man on a mission now. Keep up the good work Tucker: Faites-moi cette palier!
This GT V6 Le Mans was the last of the GTA series Alpine. With only 325 units made (the last ones were produced after Alpine started building the GTA’s successor: The A610) and extremely good looks it is highly sought after. If you want to know more on the GTA in general: check out my old post on the red Mille Miles.
Those good looks were created by a body kit from Danielson, a French tuner. It didn’t just gave those wide wheel arches, the nose was different as well as the picture above clearly shows. Power was taken from the PRV D 502 05 A engine. Still the same 185hp (after Renault started installing catalysts, at first it was 200hp) but many took the car to that same Danielson to tickle it to 210hp.
It’s turbo pressure was increased from 0.7 bar to 1.0 for that. Nowadays many of the Alpines Le Mans even have more power. These can get over 300 hp fairly easy. Just don’t expect Porsche-like durability.
And of course the Alpine GTA was often referred to as Le Porsche Francaise. With it’s 6-cylinder engine behind the rear axle. It’s just too bad they never sold Porsche volumes.
It’s nice to compare the two 1/43 models as well as they are from two manufacturers. The dark-blue Le Mans is from Eligor and the red Mille Miles is from Norev. And the Norev seems to be the winner here.
Tucker mentioned the iffy paint on the front hood and right side of the roof already but there’s one really big issue with the Eligor for me: Those windscreen wipers!!!! Then again: The Eligor has the more accurate rearview mirrors. The Norev is king though when it comes to it’s rollin’: the Le Mans had a little issue with it’s rear axle. Or maybe that’s just that rear engine putting all it’s weight on that axle...
Nevertheless I’m very, VERY pleased with it as it definitely is my favorite ‘90's car. Well, there are some Porsches very, very close. And the decision is made: I’m gonna find that Bleu Alpine as well but that one deserves a bigger scale. So I’m getting another Otto I’m afraid.
So thank you TFritch for sharing this forbidden fruit with me! I’ll take care of it like no other. And thank you for putting another hole in my wallet ;-)
So that’s it for this week’s French Friday for me. Bon Week-End!