1933 Alfa Romeo 8C 2300 Monza Spider SOLD
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Estimate: $600,000-$800,000 US

AUCTION RESULTS: Lot was Sold at a price of $907,500

165hp 2,336cc. supercharged dual overhead camshaft inline eight-cylinder engine, four-speed manual transmission, four-wheel drum brakes. Wheelbase: 2,650mm (104 1/2 ” )

One Hundred Ninety.
Alfa Romeo built no more than one hundred ninety examples of the 8C 2300. Yet those one hundred ninety automobiles have created a mythical history that is many times greater than their numbers. Conceived by Vittorio Jano and built by the proud artisans at Alfa Romeo, Alfa ’ s 8C 2300 was, from its inception, a fast, sporting automobile incorporating the most advanced technology and materials of the time. It was expensive. It was – unless a buyer ’ s purpose was to win races – impractical. That Alfa could build and sell even one hundred ninety during the Depression was a measure of the 8C 2300 ’ s brilliance, performance and style.

While the 8C 2300 mimicked the earlier 6C 1750 ’ s 65x88mm bore and stroke it was an entirely new design which incorporated supercharging from inception. The alloy cylinder blocks (with steel cylinder liners) were cast in 4- cylinder units carried on an alloy crankcase which contained a 10-main bearing crankshaft. A central gear train was interposed between the cylinder blocks to drive the camshafts, generator, water pump, supercharger and oil pumps. Lubrication was by a dry sump system. The Roots-type blower mounted low on the engine ’ s right side and breathed through a dual-choke carburetor. The engine was intricately and precisely cast by Alfa Romeo ’ s own foundry. Beautiful fins and ribbing helped cool the engine and the pressurized intake charge for maximum efficiency. It was magnificent, finely finished, sculpture.

The 8C chassis was straightforward practice for the time but also beautifully constructed by artisans and craftsmen who were proud of their work and endeavored to give each detail a fine finish and pleasing mechanical function. The frame was formed by two C-section side rails joined by a series of cross members and the rear mounts for the engine/gearbox assembly. Solid axles were used, suspended by semi-elliptical leaf springs. The 8C 2300 came in two wheelbases, Lungo of 3,100mm used for 4-seater bodies and Corto of 2,750mm for more sporting open and coupé coachwork. An even shorter wheelbase, 2,650mm, was introduced for the Spider Corsas in late 1931 or early 1932 and has become known as the “ Monza ” chassis.

Alfa ’ s 8C 2300 was intended for a sports market, not lumbering formal cars or opulent showpieces for the wealthy. Weighing some 860 kilograms (1900 pounds) with up to 178 horsepower to make it go, it was a lightweight, powerful and responsive automobile. Buyers were understandably reluctant to load this thoroughbred with luxury coachwork and turned to carrozzeria which specialized in spare, aerodynamic, lightweight bodies.

The most important 8C coachbuilders were Touring and Zagato. These two carrozzeria created essentially all the competition coachwork for the 8C 2300: the 4-seat Le Mans tourers which were then required for competition at la Sarthe, the lightweight Touring and Zagato spiders and, most famous of all, the elemental cycle-fendered Monza corsa spiders. There were, in fact, many more bodies constructed for 8C 2300s than there were 8C 2300s. Fashions change, as do owners ’ needs and it made more sense to rebody a still sound and exciting 8C 2300 chassis to meet a new need – or a new fashion – than to look around for a new car. As a practical matter, there was little or nothing available even five or six years after the 8C 2300s were built, that offered its level of performance and handling.

Dave Uihlein ’ s 8C 2300 Monza is built around one of the most notorious engines in Alfa 8C history, “ The Desert Alfa ” . It is probably the only 8C documented in both of Simon Moore ’ s meticulously documented Alfa 8C histories, “ The Immortal 2.9 ” and “ The Legendary 2.3 ” . It was one of the Mysteries, Rumours and Misnomers in the Two- Nine book, located only by an old article in the Luke Air Force Base newspaper and a brief interview with the owner who had long since sold it. By the time the Two-Three books were published fourteen years later the missing car had been found, identified as an 8C 2300 and its engine traced to David Uihlein. The car, with a closed body of unknown origins, reached the U.S. after WWII owned by Jack Williams, a disc jockey, who not only cut off the body ’ s roof but replaced the Alfa eight with a Mercury flathead. The Merc broke down on a trip to California and Williams sold the car there and then, apparently in or near Phoenix and Luke Air Force Base.

The engine and gearbox had stayed with Jack Williams and it was from him that David Uihlein purchased it as a spare for the Alfa 8C 2300 Touring Spider which he had owned since 1949. The Spider proved to be too reliable and never needed the engine and gearbox. The original chassis had found its way to Europe where it was restored as a Monza by Alfa specialist Paul Grist with a genuine 8C 2300 engine. About eight years ago the spare 2211083 engine, supercharger and gearbox was combined with a period center differential Alfa rear axle which had at one time been fitted to the Uihlein Alfa Romeo Tipo B (P3) after Neil Twyman in the UK re-created the P3 ’ s original style rear axle.

Many restorations of old cars, particularly racing cars, commence with little or nothing more of the surviving original car than Twyman had at the beginning of this project. The components which form the basis of this car, the engine, supercharger, gearbox and rear axle, are the heart and soul of any performance car, particularly an 8C Alfa Romeo.

Twyman took the original Alfa 8C 2300 driveline and built a complete, new, accurate Monza around it, the car offered here. It is a spectacular, meticulous creation that is as accurate and complete as a dedicated collector and the some of the world ’ s most experienced experts could produce. Resplendent in the blood red that distinguished the Alfa Romeo team cars managed by Enzo Ferrari, it is the short wheelbase Monza style for the most responsive handling, lightest weight and most sporting looks. It has full road equipment for street driving, tours and events, including cycle fenders and performance lighting. It is, of course, righthand drive as all Alfa 8Cs were.

Constructed of the finest materials and components by recognized experts in the field and powered by an original Alfa Romeo 8C 2300 engine, supercharger and gearbox with an original Alfa Romeo rear axle, this is an excellent opportunity for a discerning enthusiast to acquire a high quality Alfa Romeo 8C 2300 Monza that can be driven, raced, used and enjoyed in the style of the Scuderia Ferrari drivers of the thirties. Its heart and soul is the supercharged Alfa 8C engine, masterfully designed by Vittorio Jano and lovingly cast, machined, finished and assembled by the artisans at Alfa Romeo. It is beautiful to behold, sublime to hear and wonderful to drive.

Reference Number 10217

as of 6/6/2007

Car 1933 Alfa Romeo 8C 2300 Monza Spider
VIN 2211083 
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