Evolving from the successful 1936 8C 2900A, the 1938 2900B is the highly cultured son of the grand champion athlete. Hidden under the long and graceful hood lives an engine with a racing heritage. The 2900 cc straight eight cylinder supercharged masterpiece features dual camshafts, dual magnetos and dry sump oiling. Despite reduced compression compared to 2900A, it still produces an astounding 180 horsepower, delivered through a four-speed gearbox.
Two of Italy's finest designers provided appropriate coachwork for the 2900B, Carrozzeria Touring and Stabilimenti Farina. Only thirty examples were produced and each is somewhat unique.
This car is one of five coupes bodied by Touring. Delivered new in Italy, the car was raced prior to World War II. Postwar, Frank Griswold purchased the car and claimed the inaugural Seneca Cup at Watkins Glen. This race eventually became the United States Grand Prix. The current owner acquired the car in 1980 and undertook a four-year restoration. The car participates in rallies regularly in the United States and South Africa and has accumulated 40,000 kilometers since.