Hexagon Classics are thrilled to offer this wonderful Pur Sang 8C Monza which has been carefully patinated to pay homage to the artistry of those wonderful original Alfa Romeos.
Around 190 of the special Alfa Romeo 8Cs were built between 1931 and 1934. They embodied some of the most advanced technology of their time: in-line eights with dual overhead camshafts, superchargers and a driving position set well back behind the long bonnet. The Alfa Romeo 8C was the supercar of its day.
These Alfas evoke grainy films of Monza, the Mille Miglia, the Targa Florio, Monaco and the old Nürburgring with drivers such as Borzacchini, Ferrari, Campari and the Figlio del Diavolo, the Devil’s Brother, Tazio Nuvolari behind the steering wheels of these narrow, lightweight and ferociously powerful cars in the early Thirties. Values for these 8C’s are well into the seven-figure mark, and they usually only appear at the most prestigious classic motoring events.
Pur Sang is the dream of Leonidas Anadón who builds Type 35s, 8Cs and similar cars in the Villa Lola – the former residence of Argentina’s president – in Paraná, Argentina. Pur Sang makes every single part, in its own workshops following original blueprints and the variations observed on original cars. Today, his skilled craftsmen not only build beautiful cars, but they preserve history through their craft. Cars are being built exactly as they were in the Thirties, from the sand cast engine components, to the stitching of the leather cockpits. It is a consuming labour of love and respect rendered with the skill and individual attention to detail that was last seen in the ateliers of Molsheim and Milan two generations ago. Some of the world’s most prominent car collectors now have Pur Sang cars in their collections.
This 2008 Pur Sang provides the real 8C driving experience, produced in the 21st Century. The 8C drives easily on the road. It’s not modern, far from it, but it’s straightforward and mechanically logical. Driven conservatively it pulls from minimal rpm in any gear with power and a great straight-eight sound. The steering is light and stable above parking speeds; it goes wherever it’s pointed. The 2.6 litre 195 bhp engine’s inertia and the straight-cut gearbox may take a little getting used to, as does the central accelerator pedal. Our Pur Sang offers the legendary 8C feeling for a fraction of the investment value of the Thirties cars.
Available to view now at our London showrooms.