We’d argue that the 8C Competizione is the most beautiful car Alfa Romeo has built in a decade.
Alfa Romeo is renowned for producing some of the most alluring and passionately-designed cars on the planet. While the 4C, Giulia, and Stelvio that make up the Italian automaker’s current lineup are all undeniably gorgeous, Alfa Romeo arguably hasn’t made anything quite as jaw-droppingly beautiful as the 8C Competizione since it launched over a decade ago. It’s arguably one of the most beautiful cars ever made, period. Only 500 examples of the coupe were produced along with 500 spider variants between 2007 and 2010.
Many still consider the 8C Competizione to be Alfa Romeo’s first and only true supercar, thanks to its lightweight carbon fiber components, a Maserati-derived platform and powertrain, and a Ferrari-sourced 4.7-liter V8 that sends 450-hp to the rear wheels through a six-speed sequential gearbox. 0-62 mph takes 4.2 seconds which admittedly isn’t mind-blowingly fast by today’s standards, but it still looks like a work of automotive art. It’s a rare breed of supercar that's stylish yet subtle. This example heading to auction in Paris next month was delivered to its owner in Germany in 2009, who specced it in Alfa’s distinctive red paint finish over a black leather interior.
Since it was delivered in 2009, it’s clocked up less than 5,000 miles so it comes as no surprise to find that RM Sotheby's expects it to sell for between 200,000 and 250,000 Euros ($240-$300k) when it goes under the hammer at its Retromobile sale in Paris next month. Granted, you could buy a Ferrari 488 GTB for that price, but fine art only appreciates in value with age.