The Alfa Romeo 8C 2900

Further to my post about the Alfa Romeo photo of the Romano-Biondetti winning car in the 1947 Mille Miglia, I have looked through my information on hand about this car.   I noticed the image below of the entry of Romano-Biondetti in Peter Hull’s book “Alfa Romeo” which was published in 1971.

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The Romano-Biondetti 1947 Mille Miglia Winning Car

Note the license plate registration number plate on the Romano-Biondetti car shown above.  Further at the Lime Rock Historic Festival in 2010, I took some photos of the Alfa Romeo 8C 2900 shown below.  On this car, there was a license plate that matched the license plate shown on the 1947 photo shown above.

Alfa Romeo 2900 8C (5)

Alfa Romeo 8C 2900

I do not know if this is the actual car that won the 1947 Mille Miglia race.  I understood that the Alfa Romeo 8C 2900 that won the 1947 Mille Miglia was a red color.  Obviously the Alfa Romeo 8C 2900 shown above is not red.  In addition, the Alfa Romeo 8c 2900 that won the 1947 Mille Miglia had wire wheels, while this car apparently does not have wire wheels.  Perhaps the license plate is in tribute to the actual 1947 Mille Miglia winning car.  Unfortunately, I just don’t know enough about this specific car to be certain.

One minor thing that I found interesting is that at the 1947 Mille Miglia the winning Alfa Romeo did not have any license plate shown at all during the race.

Alfa Romeo 2900 8C (2)

These Alfa Romeos Were The Fastest Production Cars In The World

The Alfa Romeo 8C 2900 came in three versions over the years: the 8C 2900A, the 8C 2900B, and the 8C 2900C.  These models were visually very similar, but had different engines.  Looking at this car, I cannot be certain which model this is.  Regardless of the specific Alfa Romeo 8C 2900 model, during the pre-war period, these cars were considered to be the fastest production cars in the war.

These were very impressive cars that went a long way to develop the sporting reputation of Alfa Romeo cars.

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