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post #1 of 3 (permalink) Old 09-30-2008, 04:21 PM Thread Starter
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Bay to Birdwood vintage Alfa Romeo

Any South Australian car enthusiast probably made at least a minor effort to check out some of the vintage cars that make the trip to Birdwood. Unfortunately though, I was just walk to the Birdwood Mill to see the displays when I saw "something old and red" drive along the main street departing the line up... a vintage Alfa Romeo, possibly an 8c!

Does anyone know of this car, what model it is etc? I reckon I've seen it once before about 12 months ago on South Road(!).

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i recall seeing that car to. again didnt get a good enough look accept i was sure it had the alfa romeo badge on the front
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It belongs to a guy with a business on South Road and is a replica 8C. It was built up on an old Fiat chassis as far as I know and has a Jaguar engine and, I think, a Ford gearbox. It was in the Lobethal historic run recently. From the outside it looks like it has eight exhaust pipes but two of them don't connect to the engine. If I was to build something like that I would get an engineer to join two 2 litre twin cams together like one I saw a photo of for sale in the US a few months ago which looks a lot like an original straight eight and is at least an Alfa eight cylinder. The highlight of the Lobethal event for me was seeing four Bugattis, three of which were originals, and one which is an an absolutely stunning ContiTech replica from Argentina and was driven by my Alfa mechanics, Luigi and Mario. That car is completely authentic down to a perfect replica engine. When you compare it to one of the originals every single piece of it is a perfect reproduction.
Here are some pics from Lobethal. The first two are of the 8C replica. The first Bugatti is the ContiTech replica and the second is one of the originals.
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