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Alfa Romeo 8C 2300 Mille Miglia Spyder by Zagato, #2111015, 1931

  • The Alfa Romeo 8C 2300 won Le Mans outright from 1931 to 1934, and won the Mille Miglia outright in 1932 and 1933. Purpose-built for road racing, a long-chassis version was preferred for Le Mans, while the short-chassis was favored for the Mille Miglia. A third configuration, the lighter, faster 8C 2300 Monza, found victory in all manner of international events, including Grand Prix competition. Among this cadre of classic era thoroughbreds, chassis #2111015 competed in three consecutive Mille Miglia races, from 1932 to 1934.
  • The history of the 1932 Mille Miglia reads as a Who's Who of classic motorsport. But, whether focusing on the top finishers—Baconin Borzacchini, Count Trossi, and Ludovico Scarfiotti—or those who failed to finish this year—Caracciola, Nuvolari, and Taruffi—most were dressed in an Alfa 8C 2300. Eventually, nine out of the top ten spots went to this model, Borzacchini winning with mechanic Amedeo Bignamini alongside. As to chassis #2111015, G.B. Santinelli drove home in seventh place in 1932. In the 1933 edition he bettered that performance by one position, before finally wrapping up participation in 1934 with a 25th place spot.
  • After a restoration in 2004, chassis #2111015 ventured back to Italy to compete in the modern Mille Miglia.

 

Last Updated: Aug 23, 2017