Alfa Romeo 8C 2900B, #19, 1938 Le Mans, Limited Edition of 3,000 pcs Diecast Model Car by CMC in 1:18 Scale
This is a finely detailed model. The Alfa Romeo 8C 2900B, #19, 1938 Le Mans, Limited Edition of 3,000 pcs Diecast Model Car by CMC in 1:18 Scale.
For the upcoming 24 Hours of Le Mans in 1938, the racing department of Alfa newly founded "Alfa Corte" was particularly motivated; they wanted the win! A 8C 2900 B with special bodywork and a performance engine should allow this project.
The renowned coachbuilder Fa. Touring you can customize in the famous lightweight Superleggera as an aerodynamically shaped knowledge, closed body (Berlinetta). As a result, there is a stunning and yet very futuristic Released by Bolide ready for the start.
The experienced team of drivers for long haul Renne, Raymond Sommer and Clemente Biondetti went with the starting number. 19 in the race battle at La Sarthe. Never before in the Le Mans racing history, a vehicle has the race as dominant and superior dominated as the 8C 2900 B Speciale.
In the 20th hour of the race led the Alfa Corte - team already with 11 laps or about 160 Km edge over the entire competition the field, burst than at top of right front tire.
Pilot Raymond Sommer was able to intercept the car, keep on track and reach the boxes. There was found that tire parts have damaged the engine mount and engine oil was lost. Nevertheless, Clemente Biondetti dared still as a leading team once again back on track, but he had after only two rounds finally give up with valve damage.
Thus ended one second to the other one already sure Felt victory in disaster.
Le Mans 1938 was the only appearance of the 8C 2900 B Speciale with the Touring Superleggera body.
HE HISTORY OF ALFA ROMEO
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within the CMC model releases concept 2014
Alfa Romeo 8C 2900B, 1938
Speciale Touring Coup , Item No. M-107
Alfa Romeo 8C 2900B, 1938
"Speciale Le Mans", Item No. M-111
Alfa Romeo 8C 2900B, 1938
Rolling Chassis, Item No. M-130
we want to provide about the "glorious twenties and thirties of Alfa Romeo" further background information on the page.
If one is committed to quality and exceptional vintage models like CMC in its portfolio, one sooner or later not past the luxury brand Alfa Romeo. From their historical fundus it makes sense to replicate one or the other model, well understood crafted with absolute precision and authenticity and using noble materials. For all CMC development and installation team, this means always a challenge like adopted to provide their own performance to the test and to spoil the CMC global community of collectors with fascinating models.
How it all began ......
In 1906 Alexandre Darracq wanted to introduce its cars on the Italian market and built to an assembly plant in Naples. A connected sales and service department was in Milan, the industrial center of northern Italy founded. However, the Darracq cars were not successful in the expected degree in Italy. Therefore Darracq in 1909 sold the whole Italian group to a newly established company, the ANONIMA LOMBARDA FABRICA AUTOMOBILI, or abbreviated ALFA
The new company modified the Darracq to the needs of the Italian market and brought them out under his own name. In 1911 Nicola Romeo won, an industrialist from Milan, significant influence over the company and shortly after the first world war it became a public limited company, the Alfa SpA, which soon changed its name to Alfa Romeo.
From 1920, the name Romeo was integrated into the company logo and a four leaf clover completed the hallmark of the company.
The Alfa twenties and early thirties, you can actually compare with the Bugatti was already very strongly increased. Both brands were the most exciting, fastest and most beautiful sports cars of its era. Presented but the Bugatti car-visions of a single creator is, namely the large "Le patron" Ettore Bugatti and later of his son Jean, where each car of a sculpture equal, piece by piece and part by part as a sculptor "carved out" and was even then, as now, any observer of the breathtaking elegance was done, so the development conditions were at Alfa Romeo on a completely different level. Here the Alfa Romeo vehicles were a sober product of a team of highly talented engineers and staff craftsmen. But this capable and creative staff of the Milan-based company, led by the legendary Vittorio Jano, had to have had great artistic freedom, because what a finished product left the factory gates of the drawing boards of these team players truly could be seen. There were easily automotive marvels that kept any comparison with the famous racers from Molsheim state. They were even easier to ride, to draw even faster in the curves and turn with less effort and noise. In the winter months they were vastly superior because of their easy Startfreudigkeit their French competitors.
As the basis of race sporty Alfa - success can basically four vehicle series, P2 (P3); 6C 1500 to 1750; 8C 8C 2900B and 2300 are used. This successful model series underpinned Alfa Romeo's reputation as a leading automotive brand in the thirties to apply.
From 1924 the great P2 Grand Prix saw - racing car with a two liter straight - eight-cylinder and double overhead camshaft sensation. This bolide was at that time almost unbeatable. Early thirties should follow, which also features a Grand Prix with Nuvolari the enhanced P3 - could enter winner in the winners' list.
Based on the P2 followed in 1927, also designed by the brilliant Vittorio Jano, the legendary dynasty of 6C - vehicles. The initial model was the 6C 1500 and the series ended with the 6C 1750 SS or Gran Sport - version.
At the Mille Miglia 1929 1750 drove victory home. With the 6C 1750 Gran Sport - version Nuvolari could be celebrated as a winner at the Mill Miglia in 1930. In the wet race of the Irish Tourist Trophy is Nuvolari, Campari and Varzi brought to a 1 - 2 - 3 victory.
Overall, became the most famous Alfa 6C 1750 at that time. Only for the rigors of the 24 Hours of Le Mans was the 1750 low.
Therefore, a new Alfa almost equally famous and in the race even more successful 8C 2300. end of 1930 came out, he looked at first glance like an enlarged 1750, but under the elongated bonnet now worked a series - eight-cylinder with side flanged (instead of 1750 as in the forwardmost) compressor. The 8C 2300 was a PS - giant. The racing version was drilled out to 2.6 liters, bringing about 165 hp or even more on the road. Correspondingly high were the final velocities of more than 200 km / h.
Early thirties were the 8C 2300 the kings of the race tracks. In the Grand Prix - race they replaced the hitherto victorious Bugatti and won until the occurrence of the Silver Arrows of Mercedes and Auto Union everything. They won in 1931 in Le Mans, and in 1932, 1933 and 1934, of which 1932 and 1933 respectively with a 1 - 2 - 3 victory and won every year the prestigious Mille Miglia.
But the mid-thirties was the fame of Alfa Romeo to fade going. The beam axle system with the cable brakes was getting old and no longer corresponded to the latest technological standards.
In response brought Alfa Romeo 1937 Alfa Romeo out a completely new, the 8C 2900B of a series - was driven eight-cylinder engine in the base version already gave 180 hp and the car up to 200 km / h made quickly.
The vehicle hold an all-round independent suspension, excellent acting hydraulic brakes and all contemporary technological achievements that could soar with respect to comfort, road holding, speed and security to the ultimate time that the vehicle. Only one thing was missing, the old, sporty Alfa racing touch. In many eyes, the 8C 2900B was just too big, too "plush" too civilized. And yet it was to win races in the situation with this type again. So could the 8C 2900B Mille Miglia in 1938. 1 - 2 - 3 victory retract. With the famous Clemente Biondetti the wheel of the winner - Alfas managed a downright incredible new record. The 1635 km long street circuit racing was overcome with an incredible average speed of over 135 km / h.
Such positive goaded the racing department of Alfa newly founded "Alfa Corte" was particularly highly motivated for the upcoming still 24 Hours of Le Mans in 1938 an Alfa - to prepare racing vehicle. Man wanted in Le Mans victory among the candidates.
A 8C 2900B with special bodywork and a performance engine should allow this project.
The renowned coachbuilder Fa. Touring is allowed by a shaped aerodynamic body knowledge closed (Berlinetta) customizing as a "Superleggera" in the famous lightweight construction. As a result, there is a breathtakingly beautiful and yet very futuristically looking race car ready for the start. The two powerful front - Fenders are an integral part of the overall body. Two large, disposed directly behind the front wheels and removable access panels provide quick access to the engine when needed.
The 2.9 liter eight - cylinder inline engine with two Roots - Super chargers power was increased to 220 hp and allowed the cars top speed of 245 km / h.
The experienced team of drivers for long distance races, Raymond Sommer and Clemente Biondetti went with the starting number. 19 in the race battle at La Sarthe. Never before in the Le Mans - racing history, a vehicle has the race as dominant and superior dominated as the 8C 2900B Speciale with the streamlined Touring Berlinetta body.
In the 20th hour of the race led the Alfa Corte - Team unchallenged and already with 11 laps or about 160 km ahead of the competition throughout the field, as a burst at maximum speed, the right front tire.
Pilot Raymond Sommer was able to intercept the car, keep on track and reach the boxes. There was found that tire parts have damaged the engine mount and engine oil was lost. Still took Clemante Biondetti, still as a leading team, the race again, but finally had to give up with valve damage after only two laps.
Thus ended one second to the other with the greatest Le Mans - projection of all times in the back, an already safe Felt victory in a disaster.
Le Mans 1938 was the only appearance of the 8C 2900B Touring Superleggera Speciale with the body.
After the war, has since gone through several owners hands vehicle was in the same state in England at home. From there it was in the eighties by the Alfa Romeo Storico - Museum brought back to Italy. Storico restored the car and brought it in a runnable state.
Without doubt this car is today one of the world's most valuable pre-war vehicles and a priceless Storico - representative of Alfa Romeo's glorious racing history.
At this point we want as a model - Manufacturer CMC among employees of Alfa Romeo Storico - thank Museum in Arese / Italy for their kind assistance and advice in the development of our Alfa Romeo 8C 2900B models.