Classic 1939 Alfa Romeo 8C Touring Berlinetta Could Fetch £20M

Before Italian Supercar makers Lamborghini and Ferrari were born, Alfa Romeo was the epitome of Italian elegance and performance, taking on the likes of Mercedes in the world of Motorsport.

Now one very rare 1939 Alfa Romeo 8C 2900B Touring Berlinetta will be offered at the Artcurial Retromobile 2019 sale next February in Paris. Only five examples of the berlinetta version were built by the Italian coachbuilder Touring, creating a beautiful and flamboyant car.

The 2900 was designed for racing, using a chassis based on the 8C 35 Grand Prix car. Production versions had a long inline-8 engine displacing 2.9 litres complete with a pair of superchargers.

Chassis no 412024, the Alfa Romeo 8C 2900B Touring Berlinetta headlining Artcurial’s 2019 Retromobile sale next February, was delivered new in Italy in 1939 before being shipped to England later that year, where it has been owned by only four collectors. In 1976, the father of the current owner, a great enthusiast of sports cars and beautiful coachwork, acquired this car. His son was present on the day he bought it, some 42 years ago. This 8C 2900B has remained in his possession ever since, in its time the Alfa has won the coveted Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance.

This beautiful 1939 Alfa Romeo 8C 2900B Touring Berlinetta, chassis 412024, is estimated to sell for somewhere in the region of £15-20M when it goes across the Auction block at the Artcurial Retromobile 2019 auction.

Matthieu Lamoure, Managing director, Artcurial Motorcars, said, “The Alfa 8C 2900B Touring Berlinetta epitomises the aesthetics and engineering of its day; it is a marvel, a masterpiece, a dream.”

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