This Alfa 8C is painted in the optional color of Rosso Competizione.
For years we have heard rumors of the impending launch of a new Alfa Romeo in the United States. VeloceToday can now report that Alfa Romeo definitely has arrived! (ed)
An exclusive report by Werner Pfister
Photos by Werner Pfister
In July, 1951 Enzo Ferrari’s racing team won its first Grand Prix after only 4 years in existence. It was then that he was heard to say, “I have killed my motherâ€¦..â€ referring to the fact that he had just beaten the dominant Alfa Romeo that had nurtured him both as a driver and manager of the Scuderia Ferrari Alfa team in the pre-war era. Today, Alfa, now under the same corporate ownership of FIAT as Ferrari, has come back to the USA in a very big way.
New Alfa 8Cs at Miler Motorcars. The Glickenhaus 8C is uncovered.
Contrary to a recent Autoweek article, Alfa launched its new 8C Competizione last week at Miller Motorcars in Greenwich, Connecticut. In fact, three 8Cs were lined up in their showroom on West Putnam Avenue hidden under red covers with only the famous Alfa shield hinting as to what was underneath. Alfaâ€™s Project Manager, Renzo Barbirato and the development test driver, Domenico Martino anxiously awaited the first client to take delivery of an Alfa in the US in more than 15 years.
Glickenhaus, on the left, is given a briefing and the Alfa key to his new Alfa 8C by Renzo Barbirato.
Jim Glickenhaus, well known as the owner of the Pininfarina Ferrari special called P4/5, is in fact, the very first new Alfa owner in the US. Although Alfas are available in 4 paint schemes, Jim wanted something even rarer on this limited edition car (500 units worldwide, approximately 80 for the US).
An Alfa collector displays the new 8C, in “Rosso Alfa” red, next to his T33 Stradale. There are two additional optional colors, â€œNeroâ€ a black metallic and â€œGiallo Racingâ€ a yellow metallic.
He ordered his car to be painted in the same specially formulated color as his unique Ferrari. A quick check for the paint code sticker revealed that there was none confirming that this is a proprietary color that only Jim can access.
Heritage and breeding still count at Alfa–the two cars show the family traditions, even though they are 40 years apart.
The ceremony involved an uncovering of the car and a photo op of the handover of the unique Alfa key. Then Engineer Martino carefully walked Jim through the car step by step. Once the checkout was done, Glickenhaus and Martino took a 15 mile ride through the Greenwich country side bedecked with beautiful fall foliage. After a few more photos on a tree lined lane they were back at the start with smiles all around.
The vent is accented bythe famous Alfa four leaf clover, fist used by Alfa racing cars in the 1920s.
Before the day was over, two more car collectors came in for their individual introductions to their new Alfa 8Cs. The last collector took the entire gathered crowd to his personal museum of cars which displayed Alfas from the 1930s through the 1960s. After the museum tour, this collector brought out his Tipo 33 Stradale from which the 8C draws much of its inspiration. A walk around the two cars lined up side by side quickly revealed how the headlights, taillights, windscreen and overall body shape have been faithfully updated in the 8C.
The 8C borrowed styling motifs from the T33 Stradale as well as the Bertone â€œCanguroâ€.
Then Martino decided that there should be a audible shootout between these Alfa cousins. The Tipo 33 was revved up and them Martino jumped on the throttle of the 8C and then Tipo 33 responded again. This joust was repeated several times and each time the new kid on the block demonstrated that its 4.7 liter muscle was no match in sound for the 2 liter vintage car. Finally, the 20 or so people who had gathered for this historic occasion burst out in a loud applause to cap off a fantastic reentry of Enzoâ€™s mother, Alfa, in the US.