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1934 Alfa Romeo 8C 2300 Cabriolet Décapotable

Cabriolet
$4,600,000
Not sold at a high bid of
61
Lot Number
#3+
Visually maintained
Bonhams
Auction House
Chassis No. 2311239. Red with dark red fenders and accents with beige cloth top over brown leather. 2336-cc, 142-hp DOHC supercharged L-8, 4-speed manual. Right-hand drive. Memini carburetor, Siata adjustable shocks, fendercolor wire wheels, Michelin tires, rear-mounted spare, Bosch headlights, fixedframe top-hinged windshield. One of five cabriolets with coachwork by Joseph Figoni, of which two remain.

Evaluation: Visually maintained, largely original | Represented as the original body and drivetrain with a clear, succinct history of just five owners, beginning with Raoul Calvayrac. Next owned by Hubert R. Harmon in the States after WWII and, eventually, by Jim Ibold for four decades. It was acquired from Ibold by Patrick Ottis in 2004, displayed at Pebble Beach in 2005, then repainted, reupholstered, and again displayed at Pebble in 2010, where it won its class. Subsequently sold to the present owner, it was a class winner again, at Amelia Island in 2018. Carefully preserved and meticulously maintained for almost nine decades. Good paint, interior, and bright trim. 

Bottom Line: The opportunity to acquire a car like this—of the highest quality, performance, and coachwork when new and preserved for generations—comes along only rarely. It’s not a two-seat Monza, which would cost at least twice as much, but it’s attractive nonetheless, it’s eligible for most of the same events, and it has room for friends. The history is benign and solid, its condition exceptional. Those all sound like arguments for a higher price than the reported high bid.

by Hagerty Editor
20 August 2020
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Condition definitions
Condition #1: Concours
Condition #1 vehicles are the best in the world. The visual image is of the best vehicle, in the right colors, driving onto the lawn at the finest concours. Perfectly clean, the vehicle has been groomed down to the tire treads. Painted and chromed surfaces are mirror-like. Dust and dirt are banned, and materials used are correct and superbly fitted. The one word description for #1 vehicles is “concours.“
Condition #2: Excellent
#2 vehicles could win a local or regional show. They can be former #1 vehicles that have been driven or have aged. Seasoned observers will have to look closely for flaws, but will be able to find some not seen by the general public. The paint, chrome, glass and finishes will all appear as excellent. No excessive smoke will be seen on startup, no unusual noises will emanate from the engine. The vehicle will drive as a new vehicle of its era would. The one word description for #2 vehicles is “excellent.“
Condition #3: Good
#3 vehicles could possess some, but not all of the issues of a #4 vehicle, but they will be balanced by other factors such as a fresh paint job or a new, correct interior where applicable. #3 vehicles drive and run well, but might have some incorrect parts. These vehicles are not used for daily transportation but are ready for a long tour without excuses, and the casual passerby will not find any visual flaws. “Good” is the one word description of a #3 vehicle.
Condition #4: Fair
#4 vehicles are daily drivers, with flaws visible to the naked eye. The chrome might have pitting or scratches, the windshield might be chipped. Paintwork is imperfect, and perhaps the body has a minor dent. Split seams or a cracked dash, where applicable, might be present. No major parts are missing, but the wheels could differ from the originals, or other non- stock additions might be present. A #4 vehicle can also be a deteriorated restoration. “Fair” is the one word that describes a #4 vehicle.
Condition #5: Poor
Running, but battered, incomplete, and perhaps rusty.
Condition #6: Parts car
Parts car.
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