1933 Alfa Romeo 8C 2300

History

Vittorio Jano was responsible for the design of the magnificent engineering marvel, the 8C 2300. The name was formed by following Alfa Romeo's naming convention; the 8C represented the eight-cylinder engine while the 2300 represented the cubic-capacity. The engine is comprised of two four-cylinder engines with the cylinders aligned in a row. Central gearing drives the overhead twin camshafts. A Roots-type supercharger was used to force air to the carburetor aiding in the production of 140 horsepower. Further modifications to the OHV engine increased the horsepower output to nearly 180.

The first 8C 2300 made an appearance in prototype form at the 1931 Mille Miglia. Two Grand Prix 8C 2300 models were later entered in the Italian Grand Prix at Monza where they finished first and second. In honor of this achievement, Alfa Romeo used the name 'Monza' on all their 8C 2300 Grand Prix vehicles. In 1932 the 8C 2300 became a dominant force, winning at Targa Florio followed by three consecutive victories at Le Mans. It was undefeated at the Grand Prix circuit, defeating the powerful Mercedes SSK and SSKL models and brining an end to their dominance. It achieved many prestigious victories such as the Spa 24 Hours and the Monaco Grand Prix and more. Compliments of the vehicle's capabilities and durability.

The 8C 2300 was available in a wide variety of body styles including short and long wheel-based chassis. The long-wheelbase was dubbed 'Lungo' while the short-wheelbase was 'Corto'. The Lungo models were suitable for traveling on the open roads at high speeds while the Corto models were smaller, lighter, and more agile, suitable for racing, many being prepared by Scuderia Ferrari. The Lungo series produced 140 horsepower with a 4.25 final drive. The Spider Corsas often featured a 165 horsepower engine built specifically to satisfy customer specifications. A 3.76:1 or 4.08:1 final drive was left to the customer to select.

As was customary at the time, many of the automobiles were supplied to custom coachbuilders such as Pininfarina, Figoni, Touring, Castagna, and Zagato. The results were uniquely designed and eloquently outfitted automobiles that were both works of art and high-performance machines.

The 8C 2300 was produced from 1931 through 1933. During their production life span only 188 examples were produced. By today's standards, many 8C 2300 models easily sell for over a million dollars.

8C 35
The Alfa Romeo 8C-35 was a Scuderia Ferrari works car which raced at Monza, Modena, Nurburgring, Lucca, Monaco and more. They were driven by famous drivers such as Dreyfus, Farina, Brivio, and Nuvolari.

One of the most historical races for the 8C-35 was at Coppa Cieno. Nuvolari's Alfa Romeo Tipo C 12C-36 suffered a broken transaxle after only two laps. He ran to the pits and got into an 8C-35. By the time Nuvolari re-entered the race, he was already seven laps down. By the time the race concluded, Nuvolari was in first place.

8C 2900
The 8C 2900 was built in two series, the 2900A and the 2900B. The 8C represented the engine size, a straight-eight powerplant while the 2900 represented the size of the engine, 2905 cc. The engine was created by mounting two four-cylinder alloy blocks on a single crankcase. With the twin Roots-type superchargers attached, the 2.9-liter engine could produce between 180 hp for the 8C 2900B and 220 hp for the 8C 2900A. The suspension was all-independent with wishbones in the front and the rear had swing-axles.

The Alfa Romeo 8C 2900A was a two-seater with Grand Prix style bodywork. They were purpose-built to race and win at Italy's famous Mille Miglia. In 1936, three examples were entered and were able to capture a first through third finish. A year later, they repeated their success again capturing the top three places. The success of the 2900A spawned the decision to create a road-going version that Alfa Romeo could supply to its customers. The 8C 2900B models were built upon two different wheelbases and had bodies that were very aerodynamic. Similar to the 2900A mechanically, the 2900B models were given a de-tuned engine that produced 40 horsepower less than the 2900A but still fast enough to be claimed the fastest production vehicle in the world with a top speed of nearly 110 mph. The Corto was short 2800mm wheelbase version while the Lungo was the long 3000 mm wheelbase versions. As was customary at the time, custom coachbuilders were often tasked with building the bodies. The 2900B had most of its coachwork handled by Touring of Italy. The vehicles could be purchased in Berlinetta, Roadster, or Spyder bodies. These supercars were not only fast but they were expensive too. Since they were mechanically capable to match most vehicles on the racing circuit, many of the 2900B models were raced. Alfa Romeo constructed 13 examples of the 8C 2900B but with the 220 hp engine and most with Roadster bodies. In 1938 and in 1947, the 2900B with the 220 hp engine was able to capture the checkered flag at the Mille Miglia.

During its production lifespan, only 41 examples were produced. Three wee type 8C 2900 A with the remaining being the type B.

8C 2900B Spyder
Evolving from the successful 1936 8C 2900A, the 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.


By Daniel Vaughan | Oct 2006

1933 Vehicle Profiles

1933 Alfa Romeo 8C 2300 vehicle information

Spyder
Coachwork: Touring

Chassis Num: 2211102

Just 188 Alfa Romeo 8C 2300 were built between 1931 and 1933. The model's eight cylinder, 2.3-liter engine was the work of renowned engineer Vittorio Jano. It was essentially two four-cylinder engines aligned in a row, with a Rootes type supercharg....[continue reading]

1933 Alfa Romeo 8C 2300 vehicle information

Castagna Cabriolet
Coachwork: Castagna

Chassis Num: 2311214
Engine Num: 2311214

The Alfa Romeo 8C 2300 is considered one of the best sports cars built in its time. It was designed by Vittorio Jano, who created a straight-8 cylinder engine of light alloy with twin overhead camshafts, one carburetor, and a Roots supercharger on a ....[continue reading]

1933 Alfa Romeo 8C 2300 vehicle information

Spyder
Coachwork: Touring

Chassis Num: 2211094

This very original and beautiful Alfa Romeo 8C 2300 (chassis 2211094) was delivered to its first owner in Sardinia in 1933. The Touring-bodied Spider was then sold to another Sardinian Alfa Romeo enthusiast just as war broke out, and he kept the car ....[continue reading]

1933 Alfa Romeo 8C 2300 vehicle information

Spyder
Coachwork: Touring

This particular 8C2300 Touring Spider was delivered new to Switzerland and was originally owned by Walter Grosch of the Swiss Grosch & Greif Department Store empire. He participated in the 24 Hours of Spa in Belgium and the Coppa di Prinicipessa die ....[continue reading]

1933 Alfa Romeo 8C 2300 vehicle information

Spider Corsa
Designer: Zagato

Chassis Num: 2211109

This Alfa Romeo 8C 2300 Spyder was built by Zagato in 1933 and delivered to the French racing driver Raymond Sommer in Paris. Sommer modified the car by fitting a set of separate tear-drop fenders and a longer tail that had been designed by Joseph Fi....[continue reading]

1933 Alfa Romeo 8C 2300 vehicle information

Zagato Spider
Designer: Zagato

This Alfa was originally registered in Austria as a 2-seater Drophead, converted to a shortened chassis with a Zagato body. It was restored with a Monza style body in the early 90s. It was vintage raced in England with FIA papers. All mechanicals and....[continue reading]

1933 Alfa Romeo 8C 2300 vehicle information

Roadster
Designer: Figoni

This 'one-off' Figoni bodied Alfa Romeo 8C-2300 was assembled in Paris.

The car is unusual in that it is a two-passenger roadster fitted on a long wheelbase chassis that provides luggage space.

The car is powered by a double overhea....[continue reading]

1933 Alfa Romeo 8C 2300 vehicle information

Spyder
Coachwork: Touring

Chassis Num: 2211107
Engine Num: 2.211.107

Alfa Romeo began in 1906 under the name of SAID (Societa Anonima Italiana Darracq). The cars they built were unreliable, underpowered, and unsuited to local conditions. Although intended to increase the fortune of the French entrepreneur Alexandre Da....[continue reading]

1933 Alfa Romeo 8C 2300 vehicle information

LeMans Roadster

Only eight of these magnificent cars were made on a long chassis to conform with Le Mans race regulations. They competed in Le Mans and were winners in 1931, 1932, 1933, and 1934. They again prove that the 8C 2300 supercharged engine was well ahead o....[continue reading]

Spyder by Touring
Chassis #: 2211102 
Castagna Cabriolet by Castagna
Chassis #: 2311214 
Spyder by Touring
Chassis #: 2211094 
Spyder by Touring
 
Spider Corsa
Chassis #: 2211109 
Zagato Spider
 
Roadster
 
Spyder by Touring
Chassis #: 2211107 
LeMans Roadster
 


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Alfa Romeo Monthly Sales Volume

June 2019
1,595
May 2019
1,572
April 2019
1,584
March 2019
1,774
February 2019
1,362
January 2019
1,150
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Performance and Specification Comparison

Model Year Production

#1#2#3Alfa Romeo
1938Chevrolet (465,158)Ford (410,263)Plymouth (285,704)
1937Ford (942,005)Chevrolet (815,375)Plymouth (566,128)
1936Ford (930,778)Chevrolet (918,278)Plymouth (520,025)
1935Ford (820,253)Chevrolet (548,215)Plymouth (350,884)
1934Ford (563,921)Chevrolet (551,191)Plymouth (321,171)
1933Chevrolet (486,261)Ford (334,969)Plymouth (298,557)
1932Chevrolet (313,404)Ford (210,824)Plymouth (186,106)
1931Chevrolet (619,554)Ford (615,455)Buick (138,965)
1930Ford (1,140,710)Chevrolet (640,980)Buick (181,743)
1929Ford (1,507,132)Chevrolet (1,328,605)Buick (196,104)
1928Chevrolet (1,193,212)Ford (607,592)Willys Knight (231,360)

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