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Since nobody has posted anything here recently, I will update the forum with the 8C sales from the Amelia Island Gooding Auction. An Alfa Red 8C Coupe sold for $330,000, and a Competition Red 8C Spider sold for $390,500. Both appeared to be excellent cars with low mileage. The prices on 8C's have stabilized in this range for about a year now. When the collector car market starts to move again, the 8C will be poised for significant value appreciation, as they are not only appealing to major collectors, but they also are desirable to the new generation of enthusiasts who are starting to acquire cars from the later eras. Interestingly, there are very few 8C owners in the States, as many major American collectors own multiple 8C's. Quite a few own both a Coupe and Spider, and a number of others own more than one Coupe. Also, the major owners are not selling the cars, so not a lot of cars will be available in the future.
 

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Collectors tend to speculate the value up, make them garage queens, and remove them from the general market.
 

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Del: Thanks for the comments. The only thing I would add is that MOST of the owners (collectors) of the 8C's have significant car collections and lots of discretionary income. As such, they have only a minor interest in "speculating the value up" on these cars. They purchased the 8C because they recognized it as a very special, beautiful, low production automobile, that they felt would enhance their collections. I agree that once the cars go into this type of ownership, they rarely emerge for years.
 

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...makes me appreciate even more, the 8C coupe I spotted charging up route 12 in Sonoma Valley a few years back. Gone before I could even lift the camera.
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Chicago Motor Cars currently lists an 8C coupe for sale at $299,800.00.. 2008 w 14,000miles.
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14,000 miles is kind of high for these cars, but usage doesn't hurt the cars mechanically. I have driven an 8C owned by a friend that has 16,000 miles on it and it actually drives smoother and better than the 3,000 mile cars I have driven. As all the parts "get acquainted" they work better. I am surprised somebody as not snapped it up.
 

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Seems the 8C has been out long enough that perhaps its time for ALFA to introduce a new model with lots of "betterments".

Those have to be big money makers for ALFA.
 

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Anyone here own a Disco Volante? Or knows someone who does? What are the comparisons with the 8C? Which do those here feel is the better car as a daily driver?
 

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John: I would expect the two cars would drive the same, as the Disco Volante is just a "rebody". International regulations will not allow any mechanical changes. I also doubt ANY of the 8C's are being used as daily drivers. They are just too rare for that kind of usage. However, from time to time, you do see cars for sale with 14-15,000 miles on them, so at some point they were used fairly frequently. Mechanically there is no reason not to use the cars. They are amazing to drive. They are a modern version of the Ferrari 250 GT SWB Berlinetta.
 

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Thanks for the reply. I had heard that the Disco Volante had suspension changes...making it less tail happy than the 8C. But how could you have such a car and not drive it everyday? That would be the same as being married to the most beautiful woman in the world but sleeping every night with a toothless fat old hag.
 

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Hey John, you gotta problem with my wife? LOL

I would have to save the 8C for nice weather drives and try to avoid the major Atlanta rush hour traffic; in fact that is exactly what I do -unless I am driving it around 285 for a car show or Alfa club meeting.

I got a ride in the similar Maserati and it was sweet! Let the Maser be your daily driver;-)

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Enjoy it and in good health. I'm only sorry you don't live in Los Angeles so I could hang outside you house and see in the flesh.

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Thanks John, she's a big girl so there is a lotta flesh to see;-)

My 8C is from '72, you can see it in my 'garage' link. The more modern 8C is destined to become a classic, much like the Tipo 33 Stradale. It was difficult keeping the 164-S up and running as a daily driver. You can only imagine how difficult sourcing parts for the modern 8C would be -better have a back up vehicle or two, if they are Alfa Romeos.

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$275-375,000 depending upon condition, mileage, and color, with color being most important.
 

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Two 8c's at auction. Gooding & Company, Scottsdale, AZ. Jan. 18 & 19
Lot 007 2008 8C Competizione $275,000 - $350,000
Lot 127 2009 8C Spider $350,000 - $400,000
 
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