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Unique 1933 Alfa Romeo wins ‘Gold Cup’ at Villa d’Este

Only five units were produced from this machine, designed by Vittorio Jano himself

Fantastic Alfa Romeo 8C 2900B wins ‘Gold Cup’ – that is, the audience award and journalists – at this year’s Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este. The most prestigious event for classic cars is held near Lake Como every year since 1929, with the organizer being the BMW Group in the last decade. Today will be announced the Grand Jury Prize.

Its owner is the American David Sydorick. The car is powered by 8-cylinder, a straight-line engine with a capacity of 2.9 liters and 180 horsepower. The bodywork is Berlinetta type, made in the legendary Milan Carrozzeria Touring studio. Last year, the same car won the Best of Show and the prestigious competition in Pebble Beach, USA.

Alfa Romeo started producing the 8C series in the early 1930s. The constructor of the revolutionary eight-cylinder linear motorcycle is Vittorio Yano himself, the most successful engineer in Italy in the era between the two wars (you can also see the name as Victor Yanos – son of Hungarian emigrants in Piedmont). The unit employs two Roots supercars and two Weber carburetors.

Initially, the car was designed primarily for racing. Enzo Ferrari, who at that time has not yet set up his own company, ordered three 2900A for his team, with which he won first, second and third place at the legendary Mille Miglia in 1936. After his debut, 8C won in four consecutive years a 24- Le Mans, driven by names such Tazio Nuvolari, Roland Sommer and Luigi Chinetti.

In 1936, the Alfa designers also created the 2900B – a “civilian” version of the racing car, with much more convenience and reduced engine power. Available in two versions – short and long (Corto and Lungo). At that time, however, the car is fabulously expensive and the orders are relatively small. Only 20 units of the short version and 10 of the long ones are produced – and only 5 of them are Berlinetta bodywork.

Already in the history of the unique 8C, see the gallery:

Alfa Romeo 8C 2300 Spider Corsa from 1932. In 1931, Vittorio Yano, who has already made a lot of success for Alfa in the 1920s, created the 8C engine, initially with a capacity of 2.3 liters

Yano is probably the greatest constructor between the two world wars. He worked for S.T.A.R., FIAT, Alfa Romeo and Lancia before, together with Enzo Ferrari, to lay the foundations of the legendary brand for sports cars

Alfa Romeo 8C 2600 Monza from 1933, ordered and used successfully by Scuderia Ferrari

In 1935, to deal with the Mercedes Benz and Auto Union, Enzo Ferrari and the designer Luigi Baci created the 8C Bimotore – with two 3.2-liter engines, one front and rear, and two camshafts. The car, however, fails to oppose Rudolf Karachola’s Mercedes W25, and the costs were too high

Alfa Romeo 8C 2900A roadster from 1936, the first “civilian” version of the racing car. Only ten units have been produced

8C 2900B Le Mans Speciale, specially designed for the 24 Hours of Le Mans. With it, Sommer and Biondetti lead through almost the entire race before trouble with tires and a broken valve to force them to quit. Their lead over second at that time was more than 160 km(100mph).

Alfa Romeo 8C 2900B Roadster, with which Carlo Pintacuda finished second in the legendary Mille Miglia

Alfa Romeo 8C 2900A (1936)

Yano’s engine, with two Roots superchargers and Weber carburetors

The Alfa Romeo 8C 2900 B Lungo from 1938 – one of the last produced. The coupe is Carrozzeria Touring Superleggera

Alfa Romeo 8C 2900B Touring Spider from 1937. In 2005, this car sold for $ 4.1 million. Today the price would be double

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