Circumstances have conspired to put you in a position to build a really neat 6C/8C hot rod in good conscience, as the high road of preservation just doesn’t make sense here
We recently received this letter, asking for advice about the restoration of a highly-modified Alfa Romeo 8C. We turned to preservation expert Miles Collier for his response. First, the query:
Dear SCM: I have found myself in an interesting Read More
This 1900 has been to more European auctions than most SCMers. But this time around, the seller really timed it right.
The 1900 debuted with mechanical specifications worthy of the marque’s history. Fitted with a double-overhead-cam four-cylinder engine, it was a modern car that was easy to maintain. It was the first Alfa Romeo to have unibody construction, and the cooling system was one of the best of the era. Read More
The nimble little sportster of The Graduate fame is now a mature, if slightly portly, cruiser with a tidy little tuck to its nose and tail. Sort of like what Mrs. Robinson most likely had.
As described by the seller: One registered owner, West Coast car, totally as new condition in every way. Virtually like the day it left Italy. Only 22,500 careful miles, no accidents, never smoked in. Attractive Read More
The Bertone-penned Sprint Speciale version of the Giulietta first appeared in the Alfa Romeo catalogue in 1957. With super-streamlined bodywork, it was reckoned to be absolutely sensational looking, bearing a marked resemblance to some of the legendary Italian marque’s earlier competition designs, particularly the Disco Volante sports-racer and the still futuristic Berlina Aerodinamica Tecnica show car.
The Giulietta’s successor, the Giulia, appeared in 1962. It featured a larger 1570-cc engine and five-speed gearbox, and was fitted with front disc Read More
As described by the seller on eBay Motors: This rare automobile has been in the body shop for six years. The exterior has been slowly and carefully rebuilt. All the bondo has been removed and replaced with body sections taken mainly from other vintage Alfas.
I purchased the 2600 Sprint in San Francisco, where the car still sits. I moved to Hawaii several years ago and have been unable to follow the project through to its completion. It was Read More
Such is the demand for 8Cs today that even highly compromised examples like this one command whacking great money, as the winning bid demonstrates
For many enthusiasts, no supercharged straight-eight Alfa Romeo has more visual appeal and flair than the short-wheelbase Carozzeria Touring Spider Corsa style, as offered here in chassis 2211080. For many experienced drivers of such cars, this specific sub-group comprises the best handling, most responsive, most nimble and best-braked Read More
Maintaining the Solex PH44 carburetors, with their prone-to-malfunction secondaries, is enough to drive almost any technician to heavy drink
In 1950, Alfa Romeo turned away from the costly and complicated, hand-built, eight- and six-cylinder high performance sports and racing cars that had made their name before World War II. The new 1900 was intended for a very different market, to take the company into the second half of the 20th Century. It Read More
The steerinThe steering is precise, the brakes are excellent for the era, and the handling as good as it gets for an early ’30s car
The 1750 Gran Sport is regarded as one of the finest sports racing cars of its time and its race record is nothing short of legendary, with numerous wins in the Mille Miglia, Tourist Trophy and other races coming at the hands of such famed drivers Read More
The Super Sprint is a sleeper in the sub- exotic category of vintage cars
Its factory devastated by wartime bombing, Alfa Romeo did not resume car production until 1947, and the firm’s first all-new offering of the post-war period arrived in 1950. Designed by Dr. Orazio Satta Puliga, and intended for volume production, the 1900 was the first Alfa to employ unitary construction and, in keeping with the company’s sporting heritage, was Read More
As described by the seller on eBay Motors:
This is a 1964 Giulia Spider Normale that has been in the same family since new and underwent a complete restoration in 1984. All of the mechanical systems were renewed during this time. The engine was totally rebuilt with all original Alfa parts including a new-stage two-head by Sperry Valve Works. A Weber 36 DCD carburetor and a Crane ignition system were installed. The front brakes were upgraded to series 105 discs.