The undoubted masterpiece from the great design genius Vittorio Jano was the eight cylinder, twin camshaft, supercharged Alfa Romeo engine which made its dramatic first appearance in April 1931, debuting in the Mille Miglia Race that year. This engine was to power both the sports and racing cars from Alfa Romeo and in motoring history took its place between the dominance of Bugatti in competition in the 1920's and the arrival of the Silver Arrows from Mercedes towards the end of the fourth decade of the last century.
The 8C was available in two standard chassis lengths, which wheelbases of 9ft and 10ft 2 ins and the longer wheelbase cars were generally selected for touring purposes and the more luxuriously appointed coachwork of the drophead coupes and four seater tourers.
Favoured coachbuilders for the eight cylinder cars were Touring of Milan, Zagato and Castagna. Castagna in particular were noted for a particularly high quality of build with stylish interior wooden furnishings being notable features. This car would almost certainly have been styled at the drawing board of Emilio Castagna himself, who headed the design team until 1933. This particular Castagna drophead coupe typifies the expensive Gran Turismo car of the 1930's with long flowing wings, raked windscreen, small but practical luggage trunk and a rear mounted spare wheel.
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