This absolute stunner won the Best of Show prize at the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance earlier this year and if you don’t think it was deserving then roll this magazine up and beat yourself on the head with it!
Vintage Italian collectors consider this exquisite machine to be the finest closed car produced in the pre-war era and they are right. The Alfa Romeo 8C 2900B was a racing car for the street; it was based upon the brand’s successful 8C 2900A and built with race-proven engineering matched by a style of unsurpassed elegance. The competition cars were the most successful of their time; in the 1936 Mille Miglia, three of them came first-second-third and a trio of 2900MMs did the same thing at the ‘38 edition. The racers had 220bhp but the road-going variants, produced by Touring of Milan, made some concessions to comfort and reliability. They built 32 in total in Berlinetta, Spyder and Roadster bodies and in two versions; the 2,800mm short wheelbase (Corto) and 3,000mm long wheelbase (Lungo). Part of the prolific and long-lived 8C series which started in 1930, the ‘37 had a supercharged 2.9-litre straight-eight detuned to make 180bhp mated to an unsynchronised four-speed manual. Stopping power came from 17in had hydraulic drum brakes.
It was a sporty and exclusive car for well-heeled clientele back then — and if you want one today you need to be a multi millionaire.