Monday, December 18, 2017

Touring's Alfa Romeo 8C 2900 'Lungo' Berlinetta

Carrozzeria Touring produced a number of outstanding designs during its heyday (background on the firm here).  One of the very best was that for the Alfa Romeo 8C 2900, specifically the 8C 2900B Lungo (long wheelbase) Berlinetta of 1937-1939.

Even though it is a large, elegant car, Touring's Superleggera (super-light) body construction allowed their 2900s to be highly competitive road racers.

A very fine example of this rare car can be found in Naples, Florida at the Revs Institute Collier Collection.  The museum's background information on the car is here.


Alfa Romeo 8C 2900 at Pebble Beach Concours, 2007.  When taking this photo I hadn't yet developed the habit of photographing information plaques, so I don't know for sure exactly what model this is.  However, it does look a lot like our subject car, but perhaps a Corto (short wheelbase) version.

1938 Alfa Romeo 8C 2900B Lungo Berlinetta by Touring, winner of the 1947 Mille Miglia.

The same 1938 Alfa Romeo 8C 2900B Lungo Berlinetta by Touring as seen in the Revs Institute museum in early May 2017.

Side view.

Outstanding composition using teardrop shaping.

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