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1931 Alfa Romeo 8C Tourer
1931 Alfa Romeo 8C 2300
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Alfa Romeo 8C
This article is about the classic Alfa Romeo 8C. For the modern sports coupe, see Alfa Romeo 8C Competizione.
Alfa Romeo 8C
Alfa romeo 8C.jpg
Custom Alfa Romeo 8C (1936)
Manufacturer Alfa Romeo
Assembly Italy: Portello, Milan
Body and chassis
Class Luxury car, Sports car, Racing car
Layout FR layout
Engine 2.3 L 2336 cc I8
2.6 L 2556 cc I8
2.9 L 2905 cc I8
The Alfa Romeo 8C was originally a range of Alfa Romeo road, race and sports cars of the 1930s. In 2004 Alfa Romeo revived the 8C name for a V8-engined concept car which made it into production for 2007, the 8C Competizione.
The 8C designates 8 cylinders, and originally a straight 8-cylinder engine. The Vittorio Jano designed 8C was Alfa Romeo's primary racing engine from its introduction in 1931 to its retirement in 1939. In addition to the two-seater sports cars it was used in the world's first genuine single-seat Grand Prix racing car, the Monoposto 'Tipo B' - P3 from 1932 onwards. In its later development it powered such vehicles as the twin-engined 1935 6.3-litre Bimotore, the 1935 3.8-litre Monoposto 8C 35 Type C, and the Alfa Romeo 8C 2900B Mille Miglia Roadster. It also powered top-of-the-range coach-built production models, including a Touring Spider and Touring Berlinetta.
This model makes collecting these type of models a joy. Because. of that incredible red paintwork, this stands out. made from die-cast metal with plastic parts, just looking at this model shows how manufacturers can get it right for collectors. Paintwork is superb in every way with no bubbling, cracking or bubbles, quality control is very good. Tyre on the side is something that was very popular, especially on this type of vehicle that has no boot or trunk. Definitely this in real life was not a vehicle that one went for an extended holiday. This model displays the corm work to perfection, but as this is a display model, one has always to be careful especially for the plastic items. That addition of the fuel cap at the back has been done well as for the front grill and lights as well as the numbers done well to scale.
The interior being an open tourer allows you to get a very good look at this. The attention to detail in the cockpit has been well thought out with seats that has been seen on the actual vehicles themselves done to perfection. Gear shift and brakes with the floor pedals are according to scale, as is that slightly oversized steering wheel. The impressive instrument panel in the dashboard is well done with readily readable instruments.
The engine is very well designed and has without a doubt a realistic view of what is an untenable Fiat made engine. Excellent detail and that continues underneath the vehicle, where one get an extraordinary look underneath this vehicle.
Overall its a very nice little model. Full of detail 360 degrees and shows us just how Fiat was a very well maker of fine vehicles in regards to design and performance. Its a pity that cars these days no longer have that flair as these. It's very hard to see these vehicles being built today. But even so, they are a part of at least in the sports cars, shows that design and style was important even in that period. A very much collectable model. I give it a 5.0/5.0. Robin finlay 01/12/2022.
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