Alfa Romeo 8C 2900 - 1938 Mille Miglia Winner

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The 8C 2900 was always destined for greatness, being designed for the fearsome Italian Mille Miglia and the formidable 24 Hours of Le Mans, and being engineered by the legendary Vittorio Jano. It sported the 2.9 litre version of Alfa’s established 8C engine, said to boast 225bhp, aided and abetted by two superchargers and double updraught Weber carburettors. Bodywork for the model was largely provided by period coachwork maestro Carrozzeria Touring, who crafted the 2900’s stunning teardrop-shaped mudguards to the tapered rear. Over the course of five years of production, five examples, all made in 1938, stood out alone, from the 40 or so 2900s made.

This fine 1:8 scale model is based on one of only five cars built especially for the Mille Miglia, chassis 412031. The No. 143 car, driven by Clemente Biondetti, emerged victorious in the 1938 edition of the legendary Italian race, two minutes ahead of another 8c 2900 driven by Carlo Pintacuda. Pintacuda was on course to win the fabled race after setting incredible average speeds in the early stages, leading from the Italian town of Piacenza to Terni but, unfortunately for him, locked his brakes and lost position to Biondetti whilst undertaking repairs. After a gruelling twelve hours at the wheel, Biondetti was a worthy winner. The Alfa Romeo 8C 2900 Mille Miglia remains one of the most sought-after pre-war cars of all time.

This model has been handcrafted and finished in our workshops with the co-operation and assistance of the manufacturer regarding original finishes, materials, archive imagery and drawings. The use of original CAD and supremely accurate digital scanning of the original car has allowed us to perfectly recreate every detail at scale. Furthermore, the prototype model has undergone detailed scrutiny by the manufacturer’s engineering and design teams to ensure complete accuracy of representation.

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