Auction of the Day: Alfa Romeo 8C Competizione Spider

Alfa Romeo 8C Spider Front

All photos from Jameslist

The Alfa Romeo 8C Competizione is the first Alfa sold in the United States since the 164 sedan last saw dealership floors in 1995. The Maserati Gran Turismo-derived sports car is unbelievably gorgeous and features a 4.7L V8 developing 450hp and a six-speed semiautomatic gearbox.

Only 1,000 8Cs were ever built, with 90 coupes and 35 convertible Spiders making their way over to the US. As a Spider, this is an extraordinarily rare machine, and that exclusivity is reflected in the $224,900 asking price. It costs as much as a new Ferrari California, but the 8C Spider is so much more uncommon and seductive that it seems worth taking the jump. The car is listed courtesy of Jameslist, the go-to auction house for unattainable cars.

Alfa Romeo is expected to have an increased presence in the US when the 4C sports car goes on sale here sometime later this year. It enters production this month.

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About Cameron Rogers

Cameron Rogers is the founder and lead writer at Downshift Autos, the only automotive blog on the Internet*. Born in the back of an AMC Gremlin, Cameron vowed to never let this extraordinarily embarrassing detail define him, so help him God. He drives a GTI but absolutely will not shut up about it if somebody asks. He will not hesitate to let people know that no, they shouldn't get a Porsche 911 when a Morgan 3 Wheeler is so obviously the superior choice. He is obsessed with the seats of a Carrera GT and the steering wheel of a Fisker Karma. He once sat in the driver's seat of a Tesla Model S, his greatest accomplishment to date. He is just now realizing that writing an autobiography, however miniscule, in the third person is odd and unnerving. *As of this writing, Cameron has been informed that there are, in fact, many websites and blogs centered around cars and car culture. He regrets his grievous error.

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