Alpine "A" emblem and type.
Jean Redele founded the marque in Dieppe in 1954. Alpine was a French manufacturer of racing and sports cars that used rear mounted Renault engines.
Encouraged by the development of cars in the early 1950s and consequent customer demand, he founded the Société Anonyme des Automobiles Alpine in 1954.
The firm was named Alpine after his Coupe des Alpes successes. He did not realise that over in England the previous year, Sunbeam Car Company had introduced a sports coupe derived from the Sunbeam Talbot and called the Sunbeam Alpine. This naming problem was to cause problems for Alpine throughout its history.
In 1955, he worked with the Chappe brothers to be amongst the pioneers of auto glass fibre construction and produced a small coupe, based on 4CV mechanicals and called the Alpine A106.
The Dieppe factory is known as the producer of RenaultSport models that are sold worldwide. This was originally the "Alpine" factory that Renault gained when they acquired the brand in 1973.
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