Alfa Romeo 8C 2300 (1931)
The first model was the 8C 2300, 1931, the name was a reference to the car engine, with 2.3 L (2336 cc). The car was originally designed for racing, but they were also produced 188 units were used as road cars. While the racing version of the 8C 2300 Spider, driven by Tazio Nuvolari won the race Targa Florio in Sicily in 1931 and 1932, victory in Monza in the Italian Grand Prix in 1931 was named "Monza" to GP car with two squares, which was a shortened version of Spider. Alfa Romeo often added the name of events won to the name of a car.
Alfa Romeo Type 8C 2300 Le Mans (1931)
|Alfa Romeo 8C 2300 Spider Corsa (1932) picture.|
Alfa Romeo 8C 2600 (1933)
In 1933, the DOHC supercharged 8-cylinder in-line increased to 2.6 L for the Alfa Romeo Monoposto Type B, was mounted on the Scuderia Ferrari 8C Monzas. The Scuderia Ferrari had become "semi-official" racing department of Alfa Romeo, which did not enter into careers as an attempt by the company, due to the poor economic condition of the company. With the 216 hp 2.6 engine start, the Monoposto Type B (P3) could accelerate to 100 km / h in less than 7 seconds and could eventually reach 217 km / h. In 1934 the motor racing became 2.9 liters.
Alfa Romeo Monoposto 8C 35 Type C (1935)
Alfa Romeo bimotore 1935
In 1935, to compete with Mercedes-Benz and Auto Union , Enzo Ferrari (the racing team manager) and Luigi Bazzi (Designer) built a racing car with two engines of 3.2 L (3165 cc), one in front and one back, providing 6.3 liters and 540 hp. Could never succeed against the Mercedes-Benz W25 B of Rudolf Caracciola , and spent a lot of fuel and many tires. The May 12, 1935, two Bimotore who were enrolled in the Tripoli Grand Prix driven by Tazio Nuvolari and Louis Chiron , finished in fourth and fifth. Chiron managed to finish second in the Avus race in 1935. The June 16, 1935, Nuvolari drove a specially prepared Bimotore from Florence to Livorno and set a new speed record of 364 km / h and an average speed of 323 km / h. After that was shelved in favor of Type C
Alfa Romeo 8C 2900A (1936)
In 1936 was introduced the model 2900A 8C, as a two-seater version of the 8C 35 racing car, with the gearbox mounted in the rear and a fully independent suspension. 7 The 8C 2900A was also a race car designed to the category of sports car . They were built less than a dozen 8C 2900A, this was followed by the 8C 2900B, similar to the previous but about 30 units sold as road cars. At the same time, the 3.2 Alfa Romeo Type B became uncompetitive, but Tazio Nuvolari had achieved the feat of winning the German Grand Prix at Nürburgring at the wheel of a 3.2 Type B 8 against the most powerful Mercedes-Benz and Auto Union .
Alfa Romeo 8C 2900B Mille Miglia Roadster (1938)
|picture- 1938 Alfa Romeo 8C at Galleria Ferrari in Maranello, Italy.|
In 1938, 2900B, 180 hp (225 hp version was racing) was considered the fastest production car in the world.
The last time an 8C 2900B Mille Miglia Roadster was auctioned in August 1999, cost four million seventy-two thousand dollars, making it one of the ten most expensive car ever auctioned.
Alfa Romeo 8C 2900B Le Mans Speciale (1938)
Alfa Corse , the racing department created by Alfa Romeo , having purchased the shares of the Scuderia Ferrari , entered a single 8C 2900B in the 1938 edition of the race of Le Mans . The car had a body coupe simplified but very innovative when cars racing at Le Mans were almost always open. The aerodynamic coupe was built by Touring. In 1987 , an Italian magazine tested the car in the wind tunnel at Pininfarina , which measured a Cx of 0.42, to 0.38 with air intakes closed. 13 The coupe had performed particularly well in the beginning, winning a distance of 160 km to the next car, which was a problem in the tires followed by a split valve. 14 This was the only time the coupe officially ran. After World War II , smaller racing came under private ownership. Then was exhibited at the Donington museum from the 60s before being added to the Alfa Romeo museum which now runs with him at many events.
|Alfa Romeo 8C 2900B Mille Miglia Roadster- sports car|