A rare and one-off Alfa Romeo 8C 2300 Cabriolet Décapotable with coachwork by Carrosserie Joseph Figoni will star in the forthcoming The Scottsdale Auction in January 2020.
The legendary 8C was Alfa Romeo’s first eight-cylinder road car, introduced in 1931 and successor to the 6C 1750. It was the equally legendary Vittorio Jano who helped sustain the Italian marques assault on international motor racing, creating high-performance cars that were tailor-made for sustained full-throttle running on high-speed roads.
Jano succeeded: the 8C would prove a formidable weapon, winning race after race in the first half of the 1930s, including the 24 Hours of Le Mans four times with among others, Luigi Chinetti, Tazio Nuvolari, and Raymond Sommer as drivers.
Alfa Romeo 8C 2300 Cabriolet
Residing at the heart of this Italian powerhouse was the supercharged, straight-eight, twin-overhead-camshaft engine, which Jano arranged in effect as two four-cylinder units in tandem with the cam-drive gears amidships.
Bore and stroke were 66 x 88 mm giving 2,336 cc, while the twin-lobe Roots-type supercharger was driven at 1.33-times crankshaft speed. The Corto (short) chassis had a wheelbase of 2.75 meters, and the Lungo (long) version one of 3.1 meters. Boasting a four-speed manual gearbox and powerful drum brakes all round, these Alfa Romeos were genuine 100 mph cars, reliably producing over 140 horsepower at 5,000 rpm.
“…one chassis rail had grey under the topcoat of blue, whereas the other one had an original red coat next to the metal underneath the grey and blue…..the front of the frame on the passenger side was stamped 2111025…..(and) a chassis number (was) stamped…..behind the driver but someone has tried to obliterate it! It looks like 221106X with the ‘X’ probably a ‘2’. And that could be a chassis wrecked at Le Mans. The chassis has been professionally strengthened”.
Available for the first time in over two decades, the 8C 2300 is an amazing and beautiful one-off cabriolet by one of the world’s greatest coachbuilders, mounted on one of the world’s greatest pre-war chassis.
It is one of only seven Alfa Romeo 8C 2300 road cars bodied by Carrosserie Joseph Figoni and one of only five survivors. Whilst important modifications have taken place, evidence points to these having been performed in period and within the generally accepted ten-year timeframe from the date of manufacture of the chassis in order for such changes to be regarded as original in a concours setting.
This very important and extremely desirable 8C 2300 Cabriolet Décapotable by Figoni is sure to stimulate the serious classic car collectors from around the world when it heads to Bonhams Scottsdale Auction, 16 Jan 2020.
1932 Alfa Romeo 8C 2300 Cabriolet Décapotable
Coachwork by Carrosserie Joseph Figoni
Chassis no. 2111025 (renumbered 2311212)
Engine no. 2311212
2,336cc DOHC All-Alloy 8-Cylinder Engine
142bhp at 5,000rpm
4-Speed Manual Transaxle
Semi-Elliptic Leaf Spring Suspension
4-Wheel Drum Brakes
*Rare and elegant one-off cabriolet coachwork by Carrosserie Joseph Figoni
*One of seven road cars bodied by Figoni on the 8C 2300 chassis and one of five survivors
*Superb sweeping lines coupled with legendary Vittorio Jano-designed mechanicals
*Extremely advanced and sophisticated engineering and staggering performance
*Stunning example of one of the most collectable, pre-war motorcars
All images courtesy of Bonhams.
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