Between the Giulia sedan and Stelvio crossover, Alfa Romeo has made a compelling comeback. But the last time it made a proper sports car was with the 8C, and to our eyes it’s still one of the most beautiful the Italian automaker has produced, if not one of the best-looking supercars ever.
If you’re inclined to agree, and have been waiting for the opportunity to put one in your driveway, we have good news: RM Sotheby’s has two coming up for auction in Monte Carlo in a couple of months from now.
To refresh your memory, the 8C emerged Alfa’s flagship model a decade ago. It was based on the same aging platform as the Maserati GranTurismo, but cloaked in even more sumptuous bodywork crafted out of carbon fiber.
In its nose sits the 4.7-liter naturally aspirated V8 produced by Ferrari and employed by Maserati. The engine produces 444 horsepower (331 kW/450 PS) and 350 lb-ft (480 Nm) of torque, driving the rear wheels through a six-speed sequential transmission. But what it may have lacked in performance, it more than made up for in sound, a kind of wail and burble that only an Italian NA V8 could emit.
Alfa Romeo only produced 500 examples of the coupe, and another 500 of the roadster. That left them in high demand among aficionados, so these two are sure to fetch a pretty penny or two when the gavel drops at the Grimaldi Forum on May 12.