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Appennine 3.9 (Alfa Romeo Recreation) of 8C 2.9 Touring Spyder

Exceptional, Aluminum bodied Recreation of 8C 2.9 Touring Spyder.

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Exterior Color Rosso Corsa
Interior Color Black
Mileage 2000 Miles
Engine 3.9L Inline DOHC 8 Cyl
Transmission 5 Speed Transaxle
Status Sold
Stock FJ672

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1938 Alfa Romeo 8C 2900B Recreation by Appennine
VIN: ZAR11656003007117
Rosso Corsa with Black Interior

Among automotive connoisseurs, the 8C 2900 is perhaps the greatest sports car ever made. Truly the premier supercar of its day, it was spectacularly exotic in both its appearance and mechanical specification, and enjoyed tremendous competition success. The car won the 1938 Mille Miglia with an average speed of 84.6mph, which would stand for 15 years, and on one stage, averaged 132.1mph. With only a few dozen made, 2900s have always been impossibly rare, and are now worth over $15 million.

Consequently, when Stephen Muir, a dyed in the wool Alfa Romeo enthusiast wished to own one these cars in the early 1990`s, the only possibility was to build one in his native Great Britain. The resulting car was built with consummate attention to detail, from scratch, and is dimensionally to the centimeter. The track and wheelbase are exactly the same as on an original, and the body was hand-formed by British craftsman using the famed English wheel technique over a wooden styling buck. The aluminum panel over steel tube construction style is faithful to the original Superleggera construction techniques used by Carozzeria Touring of Milan on the original cars. The frame was built and developed by Spydersport, who engineered it to mate up with the suspension, transaxle, and brakes of a 1982 Alfa Romeo Alfetta. Alfettas were famous for their excellent roadholding, thanks to their upper wishbones and longitudinal torsion bars at the front, and deDion rear location. As on the original 2900`s, a transaxle type gearbox has been fitted, but with 5 speeds instead of four, and with inboard disc brakes at the rear. The front brakes are also discs, and the wheels are specially-built to match the original 19 by 3.25 inch dimensions, and include covers to approximate the appearance of drum brakes. Of critical importance was the engine, and the decision was made to join a pair of Alfa Romeo`s venerable twin-cam two litre four cylinder engines to create an inline eight to match the format of the original engine. It was built by Weslake engineering using bespoke camshafts and crankshaft to accommodate the eight-cylinder firing order. Fed by four twin choke Webers, the engine made 251hp at 6000rpm, and 243 ft lb of torque at 4000rpm, already exceeding the 225hp of the original 2900 engine. Weighing 2240 pounds against the original’s 2530 pounds, the car enjoys a power to weight ratio some 21 percent better. Combined with the more powerful brakes, more sophisticated suspension, and fifth gear ratio, the performance of this car is sure to be even more spectacular than that of the original.

Originally intending to build the car in series production, the original builder formed Appennine Car Company Limited, and produced sales literature, but just one car was built. The car was featured in several magazines, including the June of 1995 issue of Classic and Sportscar Magazine, the September 1997 issue of Classic and Sportscar, by none other than the famed LJK Setright in September of 1997. It was also featured in Car and Driver in November of 1995. The car was sold at auction in late 1997, and imported to the United States, where it has been used sparingly.

The car is physically in very nice condition. The paintwork is presentable, but shows aging in a few places, in the form of some cracking and scratches. The body is crafted to the highest standards, and displays excellent attention to detail in terms of fit and trim. The Brooklands windscreens are evocative, as are the Lucas King of the Road headlamps. The car is highly accurate, and standing next to it, one would never guess that it was anything but an original.

The interior is simple, as those of the original race cars would have been. There are no carpets, and the only upholstery is on the seats, which is largely intact, save for an area that appears to have been repaired in the driver`s seat bottom. The simple dashboard is painted, while the instruments are a beautifully wrought pair that accurately reproduces the original feel of the originals, down to the counter-clockwise rotating speedometer. The shift knob shows some cracking, which adds to the feel of patina in the interior.

The engine compartment is a truly fascinating sight. The engine is uncannily familiar to those who have spent time around vintage Alfa Romeos, but also quite puzzling because it is twice as long. The distributor is from a Ferrari 308, and the overall level of craftsmanship and execution is admirable. Access is excellent, and the engine looks very much at home. The underside reflects both the mechanical sophistication and the thoroughness that went into creating this car. It is clean but not detailed for show.

This is quite literally a unique opportunity to acquire a very special car. Produced without compromise to the highest standards, this car is incredibly faithful the original from an aesthetic standpoint, while incorporating discreetly installed mechanical updates to considerably improve performance. Like the original, this car has a small multi-plate clutch to provide clearance for the driver’s seat, which makes pulling away quite abrupt, but the car is otherwise docile and flexible. With the car comes extensive documentation relating to the importation and construction of the car. A pair of Appennine sales brochures is included, as are several magazines in which the car was featured. 


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