The Alfa Romeo 8C Spider is Future Classic Material
Investment grade classic cars can be a gamble. Sometimes unlikely stars become world record setters, other times sure-bets become rock-bottom value anchors. Herein lies the rub…as well as the allure. Who wouldn’t want to cash-in big? If buying low and selling seven-digit high in the future sounds like your bag, one rare auto that should be on your radar is the Alfa Romeo 8C Spider, a car which to this day is the most expensive Alfa road car ever produced. A mere 500 Spider convertibles were built, with only 35 arriving on U.S. shores, making it one seriously uncommon car. And according to NADA Guides these Italian drop tops are already on their appreciation upswing. In 2009 an Alfa Romeo 8C Spider would have cost around $300,000. Today, cars in average condition are worth around $307,900 while the best are valued at $327,000. And that number should keep climbing. RELATED: Take a Closer Look at the Alfa Romeo 8C Spider
Admittedly, the Alfa Romeo 8C Spider—and its Competizione coupe sibling—were the result of some “parts bin” rummaging from within Maserati’s engineering department. Many of the suspension and chassis components draw their family ties back to the GranTurismo…but that’s like raiding Cartier or Rolex for some of their disused bits. The 8C was hardly a cobble job.
Up front and tucked low, the Alfa Romeo 8C leverages a 4.7-liter Ferrari dry-sump V8, which erupts with 444 horsepower and 354 lb-ft. of torque, sent rearward to a six-speed automated manual gearbox. Push it to the limit and the 8C will give drivers 181 mph of thrust, but even a gentle prod is enough for its exhaust to blast and bark with violent fervor.
And as many have mentioned before, it doesn’t quite matter how the 8C Spider and Competizione handle in the real world, simply because they look so stunning as pieces of art. The 8C’s carbon fiber body possesses a certain timelessness not usually seen on near seven-year-old cars (10-years-old if you consider its 2005 concept car debut at Pebble Beach).
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Eagerly want one? We can understand why, and despite their supremely limited numbers on U.S. shores, these rare cars aren’t unobtainium yet. From time to time 8C Spiders appear on eBay and other private listing sites, however the asking prices are continuing to edge higher and higher.
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