Alfa Romeo 8C-2300
1931-, 188 produced.
Cabriolet,2 doors,2 seats
Sports,2 doors,4 seats
Spyder,2 doors,2 seats
Coupe,2 doors,2 seats
The first model was the 1931 '8C 2300', a reference to the car's 2.3 L (2336 cc) engine, initially designed as a racing car, but actually 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.
'8C 2300 tipo Le Mans' was the sport version of the '8C 2300' and it had a successful debut in the 1931 Eireann Cup driven by Henry Birkin. It won the 24 Hours of Le Mans in 1931 (Howe-Birkin); 1932 (Chinetti-Sommer); 1933 (Nuvolari-Sommer) and 1934 (Chinetti-Etancelin).
The 8C 2300 Le Mans model on display at the Museo Alfa Romeo was bought by Sir Henry Birkin in 1931 for competition use, but it is not the car in which Birkin and Howe won the 1931 Le Mans 24 hours.
|2336cc||S8 DOHC||65mm x 88mm|
|Drivetrain||Steering||Front Suspension||Rear Suspension|
|Description||Auctioneer||Date||Hammer Price||Hammer Price
|249||Alfa Romeo 8C 2300 aux specifications Monza||Bonhams||23 Jan 2010||Not sold|
|351||1932/199 Alfa Romeo 8C 2600 Monza Evocazione||Coys||5 Dec 2007||Not sold|
|343||1932/199 Alfa Romeo 8C 2600 Spyder Corsa Evocazione||Coys||5 Dec 2007||£409650.00||-|
|366||1932 Alfa Romeo 8C 2300 Spider||Bonhams||22 Jun 2007||£1280000.00||£1409500.00|
|432||Alfa Romeo Tipo 33-3||Coys||15 May 2004||Not sold|
Great Eight - Alfa Romeo 8C-2300
|Publication||Octane June 2007|
|Great Eight - Alfa Romeo 8C-2300 - Few cars are as stirring in so many different ways as the straight-eight Alfa Romeo 1200. Motor racing historian Doug Nye explains what makes the Jano design - like this particular example with Mille Miglia history - so special.|