Alfa Romeo – 8C 2900B Lungo Spider

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Vehicle Overview

The 8C 2900 was not a mere sports car, but the most advanced, modern, and compelling sports car that money could buy at that time.

Foremost among the handful of mostly Italian coachbuilders whose works graced the 2.9 chassis was Milan’s own Carrozzeria Touring, whose patent for Superleggera construction happily coincided with the birth of Alfa Romeo’s masterpiece.

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. Regardless of the length, the bodies were nearly perfect in their curvaceous proportions and most notably, their steeply raked windscreen and grille, with rear wheels often shaded by fitted spats, long flowing pontoon front fenders, and a rear end that appeared tucked between the fenders, visually exaggerating the great powerful length of the nose.

Only approximately 32 2.9 chassis were made; the survivors are the most sought-after European sports cars of their generation, none more so than those bodied by Touring. Of the extant examples of the 8C 2900, it is believed that only 12 are Touring Spiders, seven of which are on the long chassis. They can be justifiably referred to as “Italy’s version of the Bugatti Atlantic,” as, like the Bugatti Type 57SC of fame, they combined the best engineering and styling of their generation in one advanced, sensuous, undeniably thrilling package.

Technical Specifications

  • Production
  • Mileage
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  • Registered
    1939
  • Make
    Alfa Romeo
  • Model
    8C 2900B Lungo Spider
  • Coachbuilder
    Touring
  • Length (mm)
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  • Width (mm)
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  • Height (mm)
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  • Photo credits
    Darin Schnabel
  • Engine Type
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  • Designer
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