At the 2003 Frankfurt Auto Show, Alfa Romeo unveiled a stunning and evocative new concept car that drew heavily from the company’s vast sporting heritage and tugged on the heartstrings of die-hard Alfisti around the world. The curvaceous two-seat coupe harkened back to a time when Alfas dominated sports car racing, and even the name 8C Competizione was plucked directly from Alfa Romeo’s storied past. At the time, Alfa enthusiasts were desperate for a new flagship from the Milanese firm. Since leaving the US market in 1995, Alfa concentrated its efforts on mid-market, executive sedans, and stylish coupes sharing a common front-drive platform. They were, by many accounts, upmarket Fiat products that, while undoubtedly capable, lacked the magic that endeared many to Alfa Romeo over the years. As soon as the covers came off, the press and public begged Alfa to put the stunning 8C coupe into production. Amazingly, the bosses at parent company Fiat were listening, and in October, Alfa unveiled an updated production version to the world at the Paris Salon.
Thankfully, Alfa Romeo engineers had free rein to develop the concept for the road, and they certainly didn’t hold back. They designed a bespoke steel chassis structure clothed in carbon fiber for strength and weight management. Alfa Romeo’s chief designer, Wolfgang Egger, created the sumptuous coke-bottle styling that was a perfect balance of modern design with retro touches. Up front sat the first version of the Ferrari-manufactured 4.7-liter, 32-valve V8, that was later shared with Maserati. In classic Alfa tradition, this magnificent engine drove a rear-mounted transaxle gearbox for optimal weight distribution. The six-speed, paddle-actuated “Superfast” ‘box was shared with the Ferrari 599 Fiorano, delivering lightning-fast shifts across a wide array of settings. With 444 brake horsepower at 7,000 rpm, the Alfa 8C was undoubtedly rapid, yet also luxuriously trimmed and visually stunning, and fans likened it to Alfa Romeo’s reincarnation of the Ferrari 250 GT SWB Berlinetta.
Alfa Romeo strictly limited 8C Competizione production to just 500 units worldwide. Of those 500, only 84 US-specification cars were made available through select Ferrari and Maserati dealers, all of which got snapped up as soon as the car was announced, and the 8C Competizione was an “Instant Collectible.” No more cars can enter the USA until 2033, as non-Federal examples are not eligible for import under current show and display regulations, so when the rare opportunity to acquire an 8C presents itself, swift action is recommended.
This 2008 8C Competizione is one of just two North American cars delivered in this striking shade of Pearl Yellow and is one of just ten worldwide. Car #40149 is exceptionally well-documented, with two owners and only 4,100 miles from new. It is recently out of the care of a meticulous owner who assembled an extraordinarily detailed record of the car’s history, and it includes full service history and factory build documents. The window sticker shows it was well specced with desirable features including:
- Bose premium sound system
- Yellow Calipers
- Full carbon kit
- Sports package
- Special metallic paint
- Black woven leather
- 8C stitching
- Leather headlining
Thanks to years of meticulous care, 40149 remains virtually in showroom-fresh condition inside and out, with gorgeous paintwork and trim. In natural light, the paint’s pearl effect highlights the body’s curves, providing a more sophisticated feel compared to the straight yellow colors of its stablemates. The body is in impeccable order, with features like quadrifoglio shields on the front wings and the glorious 20-inch alloy wheels that subtly echo the shape of the four-leaf clover.
Inside, carbon-backed sport seats are covered in optional woven black leather trim. The legendary Italian furniture design house Poltrona Frau supplied the exquisite basketweave leather, and the seats also wear embroidered Alfa Romeo badges and contrasting white stitching. Records show the interior “sticky parts” have been addressed, and the remainder of the cabin is immaculate. Carbon fiber and alloy trim feature on the dash and console, and a lovely stylized badge denotes this as one of 500 cars produced.
Detailed logs and receipts show that 40149 has been meticulously maintained, and it runs and drives exceptionally well. With its focused, sports-oriented short-wheelbase chassis, drop-dead gorgeous looks, outrageous turn of speed, and spine tingling V8 soundtrack, the 8C is simply one of the most desirable sports cars in recent memory.
With just over 4,000 miles from new, 8C Competizione #40149 is a superb specimen in every respect, backed by detailed ownership records, original books, spare key, front plate bracket, factory battery maintainer, factory car cover, and photos. Alfa 8C owners rarely part with their cars, so the opportunity to acquire this stunning example should not be missed.
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