Engine: 8-cylinder, in-line, supercharged, 16-valve DOHC, 177 cid
Horsepower: 180 @ 5500 rpm (some racing examples has 220 hp)
Transmission: 4-speed manual transaxle
Top Speed: 115 mph (with alternate gearing, 125 mph)
Wheelbase: 118 inches
Suspension: Independent front with coil springs and upper and lower links
Weight: 2,750 lbs
Coachwork: Carrozzeria Touring of Milan
The road-going 8C2900B was available in short- (corto) and long- (lungo) wheelbase models. The Touring Berlinetta shown above is one of ten long-wheelbase cars.
The Alfa Romeo 8C2900B was the most sophisticated, technically advanced sports car of its era, rivaling even Bugatti with its elegant blend of advanced styling and engineering. Two very talented men were responsible for its creation: engineer Vittorio Jano (designer of Alfa Romeo's P-Series Grand Prix racers and road-going sporting models) and body stylist Felice Bianchi Anderloni (founder of the coachbuilding firm Carrfozzeria Touring in Milan).
Most competitors used heavy frames and rigid axles which made for a bone-jarring ride. Along with his chief designer Aquino Gilardi, Anderloni helped pioneer Superleggera (super light) body construction. The technique employed an intricate latticework of lightweight but very strong steel tubes that formed a framework for a beautifully shaped, hand-fashioned aluminum body shell. In addition, Anderloni incorporated all that was then know about streamlining.
This Berlinetta (Italina for "sports coupe") has a slender profile, sharply raked windscreen, fastback roof, and teardrop-shaped rear fenders. Alfa Romeo built just thirty 8C2900s on two wheel bases. This long-wheelbase car's most unusual features include bonnet-side louvers that extend into the cowl scuttle, extended front fenders, and the distinctive salotted rear fender skirts. Highly prized today, the Alfa Romeo 8C299B remains one of the fastest and most beautiful of all pre-war sports cars.
Engine: 6-cylinder, in-line, 2309 cc, 95 hp
Top Speed: 90 mph
Weight: 2,816 to 3,410 lbs
Cost: $2,225 to $3,925
The Alfa Romeo 6C 2300 was produced from 1934 to 1939 with a total of 1,606 cars built. It was offered as a large sedan, a smaller sedan, a convertible and a lightweight coupe.