This fabulous Alfa Romeo evocation is a fine example of the iconic Italian racing car which has been beautifully recreated and will guarantee to be a head turner wherever its driven.
- Handcrafted bodywork made in aluminum, according to scale, by OHA Automobili.
- Alfa Romeo Bi Block 8C 3200 cc engine, with compressor and Alfa Romeo gearbox.
- Dashboard has been refurbished to include Alfa Romeo “Veglia Borletti” (Km, Rpm, water and fuel gauges). – Alfa Romeo clutch diaphragm (IO).
- Rigid front axle with drum brakes and aluminum coated bells (IO).
- Rear Alfa Romeo differential with drum brakes and aluminum coated bells.
- 650 x 19 tires and lightning wheels with rudge center (IO).
- Friction shock absorbers (IO).
- Headlights with original diameter (IO).
- Brookland windshields.
In 1924, Vittorio Jano created his first straight-eight-cylinder engine for Alfa Romeo; the 1987 cc P2, with common crank-case and four plated-steel two-cylinder blocks, which won the first World Championship ever in 1925. Although it was a straight-8, the 8C designation was not used. As far as production cars are concerned, the 8C engine powered two models, the 8C 2300 (1931-1935) and the 8C 2900 (1936-1941), bore increased to 68 mm and stroke to 100 mm.
The first model was the 1931 “8C 2300”, a reference to the 2.3 L (2336 cc) cars engine, initially designed as a racing car produced in 188 units, also for road use. While the racing version of the 8C 2300 Spider, driven by Tazio Nuvolari won the 1931 and 1932 Targa Florio race in Sicily, the 1931 Italian Grand Prix victory at Monza gave the “Monza” name to the twin seater GP car, a shortened version of the Spider. The Alfa Romeo factory often added the name of events won to the name of a car.
Initially, Alfa Romeo announced that the 8C was not to be sold to private owners, but by autumn 1931 Alfa sold it as a rolling chassis in Lungo (long) or Corto (short) form with prices starting at over USD 1000. The chassis were fitted with bodies from a selection of Italian coach-builders such as Zagato, Carrozzeria Touring, Carrozzeria Castagna, Pininfarina and Brianza, even though Alfa Romeo did make bodies.
Some chassis were clothed by coach-builders such as Graber, Worblaufen and Tuscher of Switzerland and Figoni of France. Alfa Romeo also had a practice of rebodying cars for clients, and some racing vehicles were sold rebodied as road vehicles. Some of the famous first owners include Baroness Maud Thyssen of the Thyssen family; the owner of the aircraft and now scooter company Piaggio Andrea Piaggio, Raymond Sommer and famous racing driver Tazio Nuvolari.