Tuesday, 18 August 2015

Alfa Romeo 308

This car took part in the HGPCA Pre '52 GP Car Race at the Coys International Historic Festival meeting at Silverstone in August 1996.
It's a 1937 Alfa Romeo 308 and was driven in the race by Duncan Ricketts. The 3 litre Alfa Romeo 308 was developed from the 8C, having the straight-8 engine from the 8C 2900, and was intended to challenge the Mercedes-Benz and Auto Union cars in the 1938 and 1939 seasons but didn't have much success, That didn't improve with the V12 engined 312 or the V16 engined 316, but Alfa Romeo finally came good with the 1½ litre supercharged straight-8 engined 158 and 159 models which made Guiseppe Farina and Juan Manuel Fangio champions in the first two years of the new World Championship for Drivers in 1950 and 1951.

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