The original 8C was one of the greatest racing cars of the 1930s. Its first variant, the 8C2300 with its supercharged straight-8, won the Targa Florio race twice, the Mille Miglia three times, and Le Mans no less than four times. It was only built from 1931-1933, when it was superseded by the similar 8C26200 with a slightly larger engine, 2.6 liters instead of 2.3. While the 8C2600 did not rack up the exceptional number of wins that its predecessor did, it did win the 1935 German Grand Prix at the Nurburgring. Driven by the phenom Tazio Nuvolari against an octet of the far more powerful Mercedes-Benz and Auto Union race cars with drivers who were also legends, Tazio managed to defeat them all in what has been called "The Impossible Victory", to this day widely regarded as the greatest win against overwhelming odds in the history of racing.
But, back to the original 8C2300. These beautiful cars produced 165 hp from their tiny straight-8 engines with a dry sump oil system. Even with the supercharger, the output of 71.7 hp per liter was exceptional for its day.
The body from this car was furnished by Figoni for its original owner Mr Weinberg, who raced it in the Paris-Nice rally in 1933 and 1934. The car was then purchased by Count Francois de Bremond in 1935, when it was raced in the Grossglockner Hillclimb, where it finished 5th in its racing class. It was sold in 1937 to a father who gave it as a graduation gift to his son, who owned the lovely Alfa for over 70 years. It was hidden from the occupying armies during the occupation following WWII, and was mostly kept in a garage and cared for it by its owner thereafter. It was most recently taken to restoration specialist Blakeney Motorsport. Instead of doing a restoration, they brought up the mechanicals such as the engine, brakes, electric system, and steering to where it was safe to drive.
|2.3 liter inline-8||supercharged||--|
|165 HP||71.7 HP/Liter||--|
|Top Speed||0-62 mph||Range|