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August 8, 2021

1937 Alfa Romeo 8C 2900B Touring Berlinetta shown by David & Ginny Sydorick

The Alfa Romeo 8C 2900 was probably the most technically advanced, modern, and compelling sports car that money could buy in the 1930s, and this particular 8C 2900B (chassis 412020) Lungo Berlinetta with Superleggera coachwork was a seminal work for both Alfa Romeo and Carrozzeria Touring. It was revealed to the world at the 1937 Paris Auto Salon, then appeared at the 1937 Milan Auto Show and at the 1938 Berlin Motor Show. It was also featured in many period magazines and in the Alfa Romeo sales brochure, where it was called the “Coupé Leggero.”

It differs from the later 8C 2900 Berlinettas by having a more steeply raked aerodynamic front grille and no runningboards.

The car is believed to have remained in Germany to the mid-1950s; it was brought to the United States in 1956. This historic Alfa Romeo was first restored in the 1990s and was named Most Elegant Closed Car at the 2001 Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance. The Sydoricks restored the car to its 1938 Berlin Motor Show specification and took the top award in 2018.

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