The owner/builder of this car has a real passion for pre-war race cars. While scanning the internet, he found pictures of the 1936 Alfa Romeo Botticella Spider. This image never left his mind, so he decided to build his own version from scratch. With no previous fabricating experience, his buddies probably thought he was kidding.
He decided to purchase an English wheel, hammers, and dollies and taught himself how to form aluminum. He then learned how to weld, duplicating build techniques of the era. He purchased a Jaguar XK150 to use as the basis of the chassis and driveline that he would use along with his own hand-built Ash frame. This car was entirely created from the ground up by the owner over a ten-year span. It is named the 'AJ Special' in honor of both Alfa Romeo and Jaguar.
Three Spider bodied 8C 2900A Alfa Romeo vehicles were entered in the Mille Miglia in 1936 wearing unique cycle-fender bodies that were nicknamed the 'Botticcella.' One example (chassis number 412004) was entered by Scuderia Ferrari and driven by Antonio Brivio and Carlo Ongaro. It finished first followed by the other two Spiders.
After the 1936 racing season, the car was converted to road-going specifications and fitted with a Spider body built in-house. At this time, its chassis was renumbered 412006. Chassis number 412004 was given to another (and new) 8C 2900A which raced (and won) at the 1937 Mille Miglia.
In the 1950s, the 1936 Mille Miglia Spider received new coachwork in Switzerland with numerous styling cues reminiscent of its original coachwork. During the 1990s, the car received a restoration which brought the car back to its original specification.