1976 Renault-Alpine A442

Sale Price
$4,527,200 - $5,659,000
Est. Range
19 November 2021
Sold Date
Lot Number
Competition car, original as raced
RM Sotheby's
Auction House
Chassis No. 4422. Yellow, white, and black over black cloth. RHD. 1,997/490hp turbocharged Renault-Gordini 90-degree V-6, Hewland TL200 5-speed transaxle, modular alloy wheels, Avon tires.

Condition: Raced by the factory Renault-Alpine team from 1976 until Le Mans 1978, where it was a dnf with gearbox failure as car #3 (according to Renault) driven by Derek Bell and Jean-Pierre Jarier. Its sister A442 s/n 4423, car #2, (again, according to Renault) won. This car was retained by Renault-Alpine in the race-winning livery for promotional purposes. There is, however, a difference of opinion on that based upon physical evidence. Later owned by Jean Sage, Renault F1 team director, then by Adrien Maeght who displayed it at his Musee de l’Automobiliste. Acquired from there in 2014 by Jean Sage. In well-used post-Le Mans condition with assorted scuffs, cracks, oxidation and age.

Bottom Line: Comes with a spares package associated with this chassis. RM also offered as Lot # 134 (but on the block following this lot) a large collection of spares acquired from Harley Cluxton III that sold for Euros 240,000. The dispute over history is significant and the difference between a Le Mans winner and a 162 lap dnf is about the discrepancy between this car’s sale result and the presale low estimate.

by Rick Carey
3 December 2021
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