Wednesday, August 18, 2010

1938 Alfa Romeo 8C 2900B

This is a truly remarkable car for many reasons. It had the most extraordinary performance road car chassis in the world when it was built more than seventy years ago. Developed from an earlier Type C monoposto racer for the Mille Miglia (8C 2900s won five times), the supercharged in-line eight-cylinder engine was enlarged from 2.3 liters to 2.9, giving at least 180 hp for road cars, 220 hp for racers. Of the total of about forty chassis made, ten were on the "lungo" 118-inch wheelbase, graced by closed Touring bodies, each one slightly different. This is probably the most beautiful, and it also has a significant competition history, winning the first-ever race at Watkins Glen in 1948.

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