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Bburago 1:18 Alfa Romeo 8C 2300 (1932) Spider Touring (Blue)
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Building on perfection describes the challenge that Alfa designer Vittorio Jano faced in crafting the 8C 2300. Alfa's first eight-cylinder (8C) production car evolved from the hugely successful inline-six-cylinder models preceding it. In the late 1920s, the 6C 1500 and the 6C 1750 dominated sports-car racing in Europe, winning outright and in class at events such as the Mille Miglia and the Tourist Trophy of Belfast. Sales were brisk, but the competition was gaining, and the need for a higher-performance model was clear.

Jano answered by designing a sturdy, 2336-cc inline-eight-cylinder unit using the same bore-and-stroke pattern as its six-cylinder predecessor. The twin-overhead-cam engine was actually a mating of two light-alloy four-cylinder blocks and integrated alloy heads with a common crankcase. A Roots-type, two-lobe supercharger, at 6 psi, was fitted to the right side of the straight-eight. Combining this with a two-barrel Memini carburetor produced an impressive 142 hp, routed to the rear via a four-speed nonsynchro transmission.

The power, together with nimble handling produced by the 8C 2300's front/rear semielliptic leaf-spring suspension and solid chassis, yielded success on the street and at the track. Two- and four-seat spider, coupe and cabriolet road-going versions were available in short- and long-chassis configurations. The model also was offered in single-seat GP-racer guise as the famous 8C 2300 "Monza."

Campaigned by both the factory and privateers, short-chassis versions of the new eight-cylinder Alfa won the Mille Miglia, and long-chassis types scored consecutive victories (1931-1934) at Le Mans and Spa (1932 and '33). Monza won at Targa Florio, the Italian GP, Monaco and more.

Barrett's short-chassis 8C 2300 first appeared at the 1932 Paris motor show clothed in the gorgeous Touring body you see here. Initially sold and raced in England, it came to America in 1940. It was in Maryland from 1941 to 1991, when Barrett purchased it. His meticulous restoration was completed in 2003.

At 4000 rpm and more than 80 mph, the 2200-pound roadster is amazingly stable, with surprising cornering abilities. Its prewar Italian pedal arrangement (throttle between clutch and brake) requires concentration, but gearbox operation and braking (15.75-inch drums) are straightforward. The straight-eight's sound is glorious.

The 8C 2300 ceased production in 1934, but Jano's brilliant design was the basis for larger-displacement eight-cylinder Alfas up to World War II.

ORIGINAL LIST PRICE:

$10,000

>CURRENT MARKET VALUE*:

$5 million

Product Description

Love this Alfa Romeo 8C 2300 Spider Touring (Blue)? Another fantastic release from established diecast manufacturer Bburago. This 1:18 ALFA ROMEO 8C 2300 SPIDER TOURING (1932) features opening doors, moveable parts and diecast body with plastic detailing parts. A perfect addition to any enthusiasts collection or as a gift to a friend or family member. Also available in Red color.

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