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Wednesday, July 27, 2016

A prewar Alfa Romeo set to break auction record

A premier example of prewar automotive excellence, a 1939 Alfa Romeo 8C 2900B Lungo Spider by Carrozzeria Touring will surely spark a battle of bids at the RM Sotheby’s Monterey sale in Monterey, California, on August 19 - 20, 2016.
This Alfa Romeo 8C 2900B Lungo Touring Spider is expected to set a record for a pre-war car sold at auction. (Picture from: http://adf.ly/1cfTaQ)
Nicknamed the "Alfa 2.9," it was one of the true templates for the gran turismo and rivals Bugatti’s Type 57 variations in art deco artisanship. Of the 32 original chassis known to have been built, No. 412041 is one of only about 12 spiders in the line with bodywork by Carrozzeria Touring.
Left side view of Alfa Romeo 8C 2900B Lungo Touring Spider is displayed at Sotheby's in New York City. (Picture from: http://adf.ly/1cfU7e)
It was built using its patented Superleggera (Italian for super lightweight) construction method, consisting of an inner framework of pencil-thin, hollow steel tubes wrapped in outer panels of aluminum.
Rear view of Alfa Romeo 8C 2900B Lungo Touring Spider is displayed at Sotheby's in New York City. (Picture from: http://adf.ly/1cfU7e)
Some of Touring’s best early Superleggera bodies were built on the 2.9 chassis, both the long-wheelbase Lungo and short-wheelbase Corto variants. Stand-out features include a steeply raked windscreen and grille, with the rear wheels covered by spats for improved aerodynamics. The long-wheelbase tourer touts a power train that includes a 182 hp, 2.9-liter supercharged straight-8 engine mated with a 4-speed gearbox.
1939 Alfa Romeo 8C 2900B Lungo Spider is expected to sell in the auction for around £20 million, or Rp 342 billion. I thought that's an outstanding number of money spent for the pre-war classic car. (Wanna look another expensive classic cars.) *** [EKA | FROM VARIOUS SOURCES | TELEGRAPH]
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