Alfa Romeo 8C 2900B Touring Berlinetta 1939
Alfa Romeo was the only pre-war manufacturer that could compete with the power of the big German constructors. Having won all the most important races, the firm decided to share this success with its private customers by creating road-going versions of its competition cars. This is what happened with the Alfa 8C. Some thirty 2.9-litre chassis were built, fitted with spider or berlinetta bodies, on both long and short chassis, and equipped with competition engines.
Just five examples of the berlinetta version were built by the Italian coachbuilder Touring, who created what was undoubtedly one of the most charismatic and flamboyant versions of the model. This uniquely elegant and sporting motor car has become an absolute masterpiece in automobile history. It is considered a part of the Automobile Aristocracy.
The Alfa Romeo 8C 2900B Touring Berlinetta #412024 comes with transparent history. Delivered new in Italy in 1939, it was transported to England later that year, where it was owned by just four collectors. In 1976, the father of the current owner, a great enthusiast of sports cars and beautiful coachwork, acquired this car. His son was present on the day he bought it, some 42 years ago. This masterpiece of a bygone era has remained in his possession ever since.
The 2900 was originally designed with racing in mind, using a chassis based on the 8C 35 Grand Prix car. Production versions were built, featuring a fabulously long inline-8 engine displacing 2.9 litres and crowned with a pair of superchargers. The B model made some changes in the name of comfort and better reliability, but it still delivered impressive performance wrapped in arguably one of the prettiest bodies in all of automotive history.
This prewar model literally marks the end of a grand era for the automobile, not to mention a period that many auto historians consider to be Alfa Romeo’s golden age. Artcurial Motorcars will auction this vehicle in Paris on February 8 2019, and with its well-documented history, there’s every reason to believe it could fetch €22 million or possibly more.
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