The Alfa Romeo 8C 2900s were at the forefront of engineering and streamlining in the late 1930s. This together with lightweight Superleggera body from Touring made the 8C one of the fastest and most sought after motorcars of its day. Despite appearing on their stand at the 1938 London Motorshow, the Brooklands-based Thompson and Taylor company first sold this car, the second spider built, in 1945. Over the years the car has been owned by many notable collectors including two Lords and several noted marque aficionados. Some have raced it and some have enjoyed its racing pedigree only on the road. After a test drive Alfa expert Ed McDonough said, 'It is the epitome of a vastly expensive and valuable collector's classic, but in its heart, it's a race car with a 70-year-old engine still zinging down the sweeping lanes.'