Alfa Romeo 8C 2300 Spider Mille Miglia 1932
This Alfa Romeo 8C 2300 spider Mille Miglia is a two seats sports car with bodywork by Touring in 1932. 188 chassis were built between 1931 and 1934 in different versions : Corto, Lungo, Spider Corsa, Monza, Le Mans (24 chassis in 1931, 68 chassis in 1932, 89 chassis in 1933 and 7 chassis in 1934).
The chassis is of ladder type with welded steel stamped elements.
The Alfa Romeo 8C 2300 spider Mille Miglia engine is 8 cylinders in line with two light alloy blocks. The engine capacity is 2.336 cc (65x88 mm) with twin overhead camshafts, V valves set up, equipped with Roots volumetric compressor and 1 vertical carburetor. The power output is 155 hp at 5.200 rpm (1931), 165 hp at 5.400 rpm (1932 - 1934). Transmission to the rear wheels with a four speed manual gearbox and multidisc type clutch.
The Alfa Romeo 8C 2300 spider Mille Miglia front suspension is independant with coil springs, friction damper and longitudinal semi-elliptic links. The rear suspension is with rigid axle and coil springs, adjustable friction dampers and longitudinal semi-elliptic links. The brakes are drum type with mechanical action.
Overall weight is 1.000 kg including two spare wheels. Claimed top speed is 170 kph (Corto), 185 kph (Corsa 1931), 195 to 215 kph (Corsa 1932 - 1934).
Coachbuilders like Brianza, Figoni, Touring and Zagato have worked on short and long 8C chassis.
This model exposed at Retromobile 2007 comes from Alfa Romeo Museum and is identical to the car that won 1932 Mille Miglia. The Alfa Romeo 8C 2300 Spider was extremely successful in racing events with three consecutive win at Targa Florio (1931 to 1933), three consecutive wins at Mille Miglia (1932 to 1934), two wins at Spa 24 Hours (1932 and 1933) and four victories at Le Mans 24 Hours (1931 to 1934) with a one-two-three win in 1933.