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Autotrader Find: Alfa Romeo’s Forgotten Exotic Car, the 8C

Do you remember the Alfa Romeo 8C? Probably not. Not many people do. Sure, it was gorgeous, fast and unique, but it had some things working against it — like the fact that it was made in tremendously small numbers, the fact that its base price was over $300,000, the fact that it was the first car from the unfamiliar Alfa Romeo brand in 15 years and the fact that it came out right when the recession hit. See the Alfa Romeo 8C models for sale near you

Other than that, it was highly memorable and well-timed.

For those who don’t remember the 8C, here’s the overview: Alfa Romeo built 500 8C coupes and 500 8C Spiders for the entire world from roughly 2007 to 2010. Power came from a 444-horsepower 4.7-liter V6, capable of going from 0 to 60 miles per hour in about 4.2 seconds, while the sole transmission was a 6-speed single-clutch automatic. Alfa said the top speed was 180 mph, then they said it was even higher.

If you’re like me, you’ve never seen an 8C in a normal setting but rather only at the occasional high-end car show, such as Pebble Beach’s display of forgotten exotics. But if you live near Greenwich, Connecticut, you can go see one right now, because there’s one listed on Autotrader at world-famous Miller Motorcars with only 1,600 miles on it. For $400,000.

Yes, that’s right: This 8C is available right now for $400,000. That’s an enormous amount of money, but then again, the 8C is an enormous amount of beautiful. Just look at it! This car is so handsome, perfectly proportioned and wonderfully colored that the current owner bought it in November 2008 — 2 months after Lehman Brothers collapsed, just as America was plunging into the is-it-ever-going-to-end recession — presumably because he absolutely had to have it. It’s hard to blame him.

Clearly, however, he didn’t have to drive it. With just 1,600 miles, this car has averaged just 200 miles a year, or approximately one monthly trip to the local Stop N Save for Q-tips. And now it can be yours. Find an Alfa Romeo 8C for sale

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Doug Demuro
Doug DeMuro writes articles and makes videos, mainly about cars. Doug was born in Denver, Colorado, and received an economics degree from Emory University in Atlanta. After graduation, Doug spent three years working for Porsche Cars North America. Eventually, he quit his job to become a writer, largely because it meant that he no longer had to wear pants. Doug’s work has been featured in a... Read More about Doug Demuro

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10 COMMENTS

  1. There’s one that drives around Boston frequently. (There’s a video of it on youtube drifting in the snow.) I will say, it’s neck-breakingly beautiful. 

  2. And just in case the 8C is not exclusive enough, you can bring it to Touring Superleggera (of Aston Martin DB5 fame) and have it converted into the Disco Volante. A dream car by all means: http://i.auto-bild.de/ir_img/1/0/6/9/2/7/1/Alfa-Romeo-Disco-Volante-560×373-f466cebd7740b52b.jpg

  3. You’ll get it in person – it’s filled with personality in a world where supercars are designed with rulers.  It’s curves are like an Italian artist was drawing a female form.  Interior is epic as well.  From what I recall – Jeremy Clarkson claims it is the most beautiful car he’s ever seen – unfortunately with a meager engine and too soft suspension.  This car was maimed by Ferrari (who under the Fiat umbrella was top dog and did everything they could to F*** Maserati and Alfa including having them booted from Ferrari dealers).  My only complaint is that it is a little on the small side – it looks great by itself, but next to a Ferrari or Lamborghini it’s out of proportion.  Would love to have one…

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