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Hope this is not a repost. I did a seach but did not come up with anything.



Interesting Replica Body

Alfa Romeo : Spider - eBay (item 150606366209 end time May-20-11 08:08:15 PDT)

1938 Alfa Romeo 8C Spyder Body and Interior


The Alfa Romeo 8C is easily one of the most important automobiles of the
pre-war period. It was a dominant performer on the racing circuits of
its day and it formed the basis for some of the most beautiful coachwork
of its era. The 8C designation comes from the eight-cylinder engines
used in a variety of Alfa Romeo cars throughout the 1930s and into the
early 1940s and may refer to either road cars or racing cars.

The success of the 8C racecars is the stuff of legend. Throughout
the 1930s, 8C Alfa Romeos were piloted by drivers like Tazio Nuvolari,
Henry Birkin, and Luigi Chinetti to victories at Monza, The Targa
Florio, The Mille Miglia, and The 24 Hours of LeMans. Competition 8Cs
were campaigned extensively by Scuderia Ferrari once Alfa Romeo
officially discontinued their factory racing effort in 1933.

Alfa Romeo did not initially intend to make the 8C available for
sale to the general public; however, the company soon relented and began
offering 8C chassis to a few private customers for use on the road. The
chassis were extremely expensive making them attainable only by the
wealthiest of clients. The top coachbuilders of the era created a small
number of bespoke bodies for the 8Cs of super wealthy owners like Andrea
Piaggio and Baroness Maud Thyssen. It was also not uncommon for retired
8C racecars to be re-bodied for road use, often by the drivers who had
piloted them on the track.

The Alfa Romeo 8C Spyder body and interior offered here was
constructed by well known craftsman Peter Agg. It was removed from a long-chassis 8C 2300 LeMans
chassis number 2311222 to which it had been attached to as a replacement
body.

Constructed to replicate the works of Carrozzeria Touring of Milan,
this body has been enriched by a superb patina and maintains a fantastic
aesthetic character. It has been finished in a dark red with black wing
fenders and accents. Though made for a street car, it has an
unquestionably athletic look befitting the 8Cs competition heritage.

The passenger area is believed to have been upholstered in fine red
leather at some point in the 1950s and maintains age appropriate wear.
Behind the driver and passenger, a leather strap secures a modest
compartment designed to hold luggage. The body is nearly complete
including the grille, glass, mirrors, and lamps. It is currently being
stored on a custom-made frame that allows it to be rolled as a complete
unit.

This rare piece will present its next owner with a vast array of
options as to how it should be put to use. Whether it is attached to
another chassis or simply displayed as an object of art, its importance
as a rare artifact of one of the most storied names in automotive
history cannot be denied.


Looks like it sold for $55,ooo on their website...

CB Classic Cars
 

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This was indeed a strange and interesting auction. I looked up Simon Moore's "The legendary 2.3" book and there are indeed some similarities to a car shown there and he writes on p. 709 in the last paragraph:

"I am not sure who actually owns the car now, but Peter Agg took it to Tunisia in early 1997 for a rally where the engine was damaged when he was caught in a sandstorm! [snip] It currently carries registration number TFO 544."

There are some similarities between Simon Moore's description and the auction text that may be more than coincidence (including the license plate) -- but then I guess anybody could buy the book and make up a story if they wanted to. As i mentioned above: Strange and interesting indeed.
 

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