The good news is the new owner of this Italian masterpiece needn’t be coy about using it. After a ground-up restoration in the UK by renowned 2.9 expert Tony Merrick, the 1939 Alfa has lived in the US where since the late 1990s it has covered 12,000 miles. Reflecting on the car’s sheer usability and refinement, Sam Mann tells us: “It’s the essence of sporty, youth, exuberance, excitement and practicality, and it’s rare you find all those features in one (prewar) car.”
This 2.9 is a 2900B Lungo (long wheelbase) Spider with body by Touring, a spec which lines it up as Italy’s answer to the Bugatti Atlantique, says RM Sotheby’s. It is one of only 12 extant Touring Spiders on the 2.9 chassis.
The auction catalogue is effusive about the car: “The 8C 2900 was not a mere sports car, but the most advanced, modern, and compelling sports car that money could buy. To the gentleman who was accustomed to watching the workings of his Swiss watch or mastering the intricacies of his yacht’s sails, it was a symphony.”