Previous to 1973, Alpine was its own make, purveyed by Jean Redele. Redele had achieved notable success racing Renault 4CVs including class wins at the Mille Miglia and the Coupe Des Alpes. Redele formed the Societe Anonyme des Automobiles Alpine in 1954 and the Alpine was born. Alpine always worked closely with Renault and always utilized Renault mechanicals, so the assimilation of the two was a natural progression. The Alpine scored international recognition as it took several wins throughout Europe in the first international rally championship and would later win the first World Rally Championship. Set aside the Alpine’s astounding championship winning performance, and you still have a sleek mid-engine Berlinetta with flowing body lines that demand appreciation.