One owner from new 2009 Alfa Romeo 8C Competizione Coupé Registration no. to be advised Chassis no. ZAR92000000040895 Engine no. 1390
First seen in 'concept car' form at the Frankfurt Auto Show in 2003, the Alfa Romeo 8C revived a famous name from the Italian company's illustrious past when it entered production in 2006. The original 8C (eight-cylinder) Alfa engine had been designed in 1931 by the legendary Vittorio Jano and was used to power Alfa Romeo's most prestigious road models, as well as its sports-racing and Grand Prix cars, until the decade's end. Styled by Wolfgang Egger, the modern-day 8C was received with universal acclaim, its gorgeous looks recalling those of Carrozzeria Touring's aerodynamic Alfa sports-racers of the late 1930s, while from the side there was more than a hint of Zagato's original Giulia TZ.
Within a couple of weeks, orders had been received for well over 1,000 cars, despite a UK price tag of £111,000. Alfa though, stuck by the decision to build only 500 examples of the 8C coupé but later changed its collective mind and made a further 500 roadsters. In 2010 the 8C Competizione was chosen to feature on the Goodwood Festival of Speed's main 'sculpture' display alongside an Alfa Romeo P2 Grand Prix car.
The genesis of the 8C Competizione graphically illustrates the close links between Italy's premier marques: Alfa Romeo, Ferrari and Maserati, all of whom are owned by FIAT. Designed at Alfa Centro Stile in Arese, the 8C used a development of the Maserati Quattroporte double-wishbone suspension (albeit on a shorter-wheelbase chassis) and is powered by a Ferrari-built V8 engine, with final assembly taking place at the Maserati factory in Modena. An enlarged version of that found in the Maserati Quattroporte and GranTurismo, the 4.7-litre V8 produces 450bhp at 7,000rpm and drives via a six-speed, semi-automatic, paddle shift gearbox, which is located immediately ahead of the rear axle in the interests of mass centralisation. The Pirelli P Zero tyres were specially developed for the 20" alloy wheels. As is the norm with 21st Century supercars, the 8C Competizione also features switchable performance modes.
The main chassis and its engine/gearbox/suspension sub-frames are steel, with carbon fibre used for the passenger cell and external body panels. Carbon fibre and aluminium both feature in the stylish interior, which is equipped with lightweight, leather-trimmed seats by Poltrona Frau of Turin. Alfa Red or black were the standard exterior colours and there were also various options, some at extra cost.
No one buys an Alfa Romeo, and certainly not one as special as the 8C Competizione, without being interested in its performance potential. Alfa claimed a 0-100km/h (0-62mph) time of 4.2 seconds and a top speed of around 290km/h (181mph) despite the fact that an 8C had reached 186mph during testing. It is hard to imagine that any of the fortunate 500 customers was at all dissatisfied.
Acquired new by the current owner in February 2009 from H R Owen in London, this left-hand drive 8C Competizione had covered only 8,124 miles at time of cataloguing and is presented in quite exceptional condition. Having covered so few miles the car has needed only one service, which was carried out by H R Owen on 1st August 2011 at 5,724 miles. Finished in black metallic with biscuit leather interior, the car comes complete with fitted luggage (three pieces) and all service, maintenance and operation manuals contained in two leather wallets. Currently MoT'd and taxed, it is offered with CPO warranty (expires February 2014) and UK V5C registration document. A rare opportunity to acquire a limited edition Alfa Romeo supercar that can only become increasingly collectible.
Please note the registration number for this vehicle is VE58 XB0