The car seen here was originally the property of Count Carl
Castelbarco was imported from Italy by the driver David Lewis shortly after
the end of the Second World War.
Total production of 8C 2300 chassis amounted to 188, but the majority of these were sports cars and it is doubtful whether more than a dozen Monzas were built.
The Monza made its debut in the Italian Grand Prix at Monza
(hence the name) The 8-cylinder supercharged Alfa Romeos designed by Vittorio
Jano and built in the early 1930s were amongst the greatest cars of all time.
The Monza was a pure racing car, even though it had two-seater bodywork
The Brighton Speed Trials, first held in 1905, are still
run over a kilometre of Madeira Drive on Brighton seafront.
Cars ran in pairs and the timing of each car was triggered by its contact with the 'hockey stick' as it left the starting line.
Alfa Romeo 8C 2300 Monza Specification
Engine: Straight-eight twin overhead camshaft supercharged 2336 cc (65 x 88 mm) developing 178 bhp at 5400 rpm. Gearbox: 4-speed. Chassis: Channel-section with front suspension by rigid axle, semi-elliptic leaf springs and located by twin radius rods and rear suspension by rigid axle and semi-elliptic leaf springs. Wheelbase: 8 feet 8 inches.Front and Rear Track: 4 feet 6 inches. Unladen weight: 19.5 cwt.