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Alfa Romeo "Berlinetta" is the best classic car in the world

Eight classic cars competed for the award "The Peninsula Classics Best of the Best". Of them, the 1960s Alfa Romeo 8C 2900B Berlinetta was the winner and was awarded the Peninsula Paris Hotel as the best classic car in the world.

For William E. Connor, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of William E. Connora & Associates Ltd and co-founder of The Peninsula Classics Best of the Best Award, the winner's choice was successful. In that sense, he said: "It's the perfect example of a car that has sparked the creation of a prize that celebrates the design and engineering of this caliber car."

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Discover the secrets that the legendary car looks like the best among the best classics in the world.

1. The car entered the award race after being named "Best of Show" at the 2018 Pebble Beach Concours d 'Elegance.

2. This model was designed by Ingegner Vittorio Jano for competition in the Mille Miglia (Thousands of Miles) sports cars. The race that broke in Italy twenty-four times between 1927 and 1957; thirteen years before the Second World War and eleven of 1947.

3. The Alfa Romeo 8C 2900B Berlinetta completely won a thousand miles in 1935, 1936, 1937, 1938 and 1947.

4. It was developed by the Italian car Carrozzeria Touring, founded in 1925 in Milan.

5. The car was the first to get a license for Charles Weymann's lightweight fabric system. He then developed his own construction of the Superlegger.

6. The "Superleggera" system, patented in 1936, consists of a constructional frame of small diameter steel tubes that fit the body shape and are covered with thin-legged, rigid bodies that strengthen the structure.

7. It is the first of the five famous berlinets built on the Lungo chassis. It's the car that Touring calls at the beginning of the Superlegger.

8. Owned by collectors David and Ginny Sydorick resident in Los Angeles, California.

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A big protagonist of 16 million euros

It was the highlight of the long-awaited Artcurial auction at the Retromobile classic, held on Friday in Paris. The brand new Alfa Romeo 8C 2900B Touring Berlinetta from 1939, which exceeded 16 and a half million euros.

According to Artcurial General Manager, Matthieu Lamoureu, one of the hosts of the auction, the car is unique due to the technological features it has, including the dual compressors and the osmocilindric engine in the line.

The car will now go to the fifth owner, United States collector who bought it by telephone. However, the automotive expert at RM Sotheby's rival auction house, Tonnie Van der Velden, was disappointed with the sale and said he could probably get more car money on the US market.

Van der Velden said his company managed to sell a similar car, the Alfa Romeo 8C 2900B Lungo Spider from 1939, for a slightly higher price. The auction's success follows the steps of last year, which raised a total of EUR 31.79 million.

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