Cars from 1920 to 1950 - The golden age of the car
Alfa Roméo Type 8C 2, 31
Body style: cabriolet
Alfa Romeo’s first triumph in the 1931 Le Mans with the 8-cylinder, 2.3-litre model driven by privateers Tim Birkin and Lord Howe, made competition history. The agility of the Italian car, weighing in at less than 1000 kg and reaching more than 200 kph (125 mph), was too much for the large Mercedes SSKs or Bugatti Type 50s. Alfa Romeo won four consecutive 24 Hours of Le Mans from 1931 to 1934, commemorated in the form of the quadrifoglio (four-leaf clover) badge, which was the lucky charm of the make for many years.
This vehicle, Code 1121, was bought by a Swiss enthusiast in 1936 and reworked with a cabriolet body. It took well-earned retirement from racing and made several appearances in concours d’elegance.