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Pre-war Alfa Romeo 8C Monza race car....

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  1. James D
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    ...pulled up alongside me as I was waiting at the traffic lights last night in Stuttgart!:eek:

    I´m 99% sure it was this exact car...

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    ...because there aren´t exactly loads around. Beautiful car, wonderful patina, and the sound from the straight eight was heaven! Had just enough time to give the driver a big thumbs up before he drove off. Made my evening!
     
  2. theHIGHLANDER
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    In plain english, that's a sexy fuckin car. I've seen 1/2 dozen different ones over the years and can't tell which models are which. No matter, I love em and thanks for the pics.
     
  3. gnichols
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    Really like the boat tail and those bobbed rear fenders. I bet that was the best time you had at a pit stop in a long time! Gary
     
  4. Weasel
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    Aaargh - simply glorious!
     
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  5. boldventure
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    A pretty rare car to be sure. This one stopped in Carmel last year on the "tour".
    The second one is a sketch I did from a photo a couple of years ago.
     

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  6. fur biscuit
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    the noise of that blown 8 is unreal. standing at the hairpin at the bottom of the hill at Sears point, never going to forget it.

    another note, is how damned fast that car is. Would be almost 20 years before road cars could out run it.
     
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  7. boldventure
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    The engines in the Alfa from that ear are works of art, a real tribute to the designers and the pattern makers, the casting themselves are fantastic.
     

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  8. scootermcrad
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    Yep! That's rad!
     
  9. Bluto
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    Pur Sang sells 'em new...... looking just like that....honest

    They are doing a 2.9 as we speak
     
  10. boldventure
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    Do tell...got a link or a clue for more...?
     
  11. dana barlow
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    from Miami Fla.

    In Miami mid to late 1950's owned and raced SCCA, by a guy that had a Photo camra shop downtown, a Alfa Romeo race car that looked a lot like one of these,but front fenders were short/no spair and windshields were just two small loops. Was always a fus made about it being classic,as a kid I should of paid more to it,but then just a older design car to me.;)
     
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  13. Bluto
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    I have some Main Bearing sets but you gottawatch the size of what you post
     
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  16. scootermcrad
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    Yeah, sorry. I hate it when people post ginormous pictures like that too. I didn't realize how big they were going to be. Took out the embedded code and just made them links. :eek:
     
  17. Bluto
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    ThankX

    I figured you didn't notice......... Somehow I'm lucky abd all my photos are small........

    I have the Volpi Alfa race car 6C2300 need an engine and trans for it.
     
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  18. scootermcrad
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    Yeah, seems like that always happens with ImageShack photos. Strange. Photobucket hosted photos resize automatically. Like that better.

    Have pics of the 6C2300? Sounds neat!
     
  19. fiat128
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    I remember reading an article about the "Appenine 3.9" replica. Unable to find a straight 8 Alfa motor, the builder made his own out of 2 4 cylinder Afla engines. Here's a couple of pix and the article I found of it.

    http://home.exetel.com.au/seasalt/Appenine.html
     

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  20. fiat128
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    And you can paint 'em other colors besides red.
     

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  21. Bluto
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    In 2002 Mille Miglia I drove along the way back from Rome with a black one small turtle painted on it. It was no match for the 328 but then nott much was

    Here's the Volpi Sorry the photos are dark

    This car was raced into the early 50's and much modified
     

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  22. scootermcrad
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    WOW!!!! Very cool!! I would love to know more about the details of the rear suspension if you have any references to share or other pictures, at some point. Looks way ahead of it's time...
     
  23. Bluto ... you drove a black Alfa 8C Monza in the 2002 Mille Miglia? ... perhaps you should change your H.A.M.B. name to Il Duce ;) ...

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    I agree with Scooter ... an amazing chassis! ... any better pics of the Volpi?
     
  24. cicciobilly
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    Good ol' times when Alfa Romeo was still making cool as hell cars, then came the fiat... :(
    This kind of old race cars are pretty rare items also here in Italy, lots of money, if you want to see some nice pics you can google for "concorso di eleganza villa d'este" and you can look for some million euros cars like some isotta fraschini or stuff like that, maybe nothing to buy or build, but maybe some nice ideas for boat tailed roadsters!
     
  25. model.A.keith
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    Cars from this period were true works of art and engineering combined.......



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  26. fiat128
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    That's a pretty neat looking chassis there, got any more information or old photos of the car?
     
  27. THE SPEED ADDICT
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    Alfa's are cool!

    I run a Alfa Rameo 4 banger and gear box in my '27 roadster as seen in my avatar.
     
  28. Bluto
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    Hemiroid 32 :D

    The black car with a turtle painted on it was Nuvolari's

    I didn't drive it I drove a 1930's BMW

    Volpi built and modified a lot of cars ....... this one raced in So America

    Sorry I've no better photos.

    He used a Ford center section and made inependent rear suspension

    It's been sitting awaiting an engine before I go further. I've many many projects here to keep me more than busy.

    I gotta get the wife's Miller done first.

    We have a lot of stuff
     
  29. Bluto -

    I totally misread your post ... but looking at it again, you were quite clear in stating that you "drove along ... with a black one ..."

    I remember reading that Tazio Nuvolari was given a gold turtle medallion after winning a Gran Prix ... something about the fastest Italian should have the slowest animal ... so this would explain the small turtle that you saw painted on the black 8C Monza.

    Gotta go ... the drug store closes in a few minutes ... and I'm all out of Preparation H® :eek: ... :D

    Ciao,
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    Nuvolari's name was frequently seen on the front page. He found himself invited by many of the "Greats" of the time. The poet Gabriele D'Annunzio received him at The Vittoriale degli Italiani, where Nuvolari was given a little golden turtle bearing the dedication: "To the fastest man in the world, the slowest animal". Tazio considered this little piece as a good luck charm, and also a symbol. He had it embroidered on the yellow jersey which he wore to race in, printed on his stationery and painted on the side of the personal airplane that he acquired some years later. He had also some copies made which - just as the poet had done - he gave to friends, those dear to him and also those who could be important.

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  30. Gasolinedeniz
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    from basel

    those are great cars but they get repopped. A company in argentinia makes them one to one to the original. They also do buggatis and as long you are not a hc bugatti guy you want see the diffrence between the fake replica and the original
     

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