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Alfa Romeo 8C 2300 Mille Miglia Spyder by Castagna, #2211072, Unrestored, 1933

  • This unique Mille Miglia spyder was modified shortly after its creation in 1933, perhaps in order to demonstrate the potency of the firm's best racing technology. Whatever the cause, the result is a hot rod Mille Miglia Spyder that in 1939 competed at the Brooklands Fastest Road Car contest. Driven by owner Guy Templar, the car achieved an average speed of 116 mph around the banked track, went 130 mph down Railway Straight, and logged a 0-60 time of 6.5 seconds. But for mechanical failure that prevented the car from completing the contest, chassis #2211072 was among the top runners. No matter was settled at the event, with a Delahaye winning by virtue of attrition; the trial was split between a circuit and a mountain sprint, and most of the field fell aside with trouble.
  • When #2211072 was brought to the United States in the post-War era it was bought by Charles Addams, creator and artist behind the Addams Family. Charles Addams was a member of the Sports Car Club of America who owned a trifecta of prime classic era sporting machinery—this Alfa for one, a Bugatti Type 35C, and a Mercedes Type S. VeloceToday reports he also had a penchant for painting his cars black, but thankfully spared his Alfa from this fate.
  • Most Mille Miglia Spyders are bodied by either Carrozzeria Touring or Zagato. Castagna is a rare choice for the bodywork of this short-chassis car, and #2211072 must be one of the few race-ready cars ever bodied by the Milanese company, let alone the only Alfa Romeo of its kind. In turn, the design cues of this particular car are somewhat special for Castagna.
  • While it is often difficult to prove originality, the Simeone Foundation Automotive Museum believes #2211072 to be largely original. The car has perhaps not been repainted since construction. Its motor was rebuilt once in the United Kingdom, but otherwise #2211072 remains unrestored.

 

Last Updated: Aug 23, 2017