Cars to Drive in a Lifetime: Alfa Romeo 8C 2900 B

At the dawn of World War II, Alfa Romeo created the superb 8C 2900 B, representing the last evolution stage of several gorgeous vehicles designed to conquer both the roads and the race tracks. The 2900 B cars were built by Carrozzeria Touring in three different body styles. For this special model they used a superlight (“superleggera”) body and chassis, which made it very light for its size, yet impressively strong.

The vehicle was a stunner both on the roads and on tracks. It conquered Italy’s racing circuits and it was also a favorite in many Concours D’Elegance events. Actually it still is. About forty Alfa Romeo 8C 2900 Bs were built between 1938 and 1939, and they were powered by 2.9-liter supercharged straight eight engines with 190-200 horsepower. When a new 8C 2900 B rolled out of the factory back then, its price was of $12,000-15,000. Today however, the value of such a rare car is of at least $3 million.

  • Claim to Fame: Wins in the Mille Miglia, even after World War II
  • Where to Drive It: What a better track than a part of the Mille Miglia circuit? Try the Raticosa Pass in Italy.
  • How to Get Behind the Wheel: Ralph Lauren owns one of these. Maybe if you become friends with him…
  • Did You Know? Because each 8C 2900 B was custom built, probably no two examples are exactly the same.

Alfa Romeo 8C 2900B 1938 (42)

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