The 8C 2900 was designed to compete in sports car races in general and
the Mille Miglia in particular. It used the 2.9 L version of the 8C
engine and was based on the 8C 35 Grand Prix racing chassis. As such, it
had an inline 8-cylinder 2.9-litre engine using two Roots type
superchargers fed by two updraught Weber carburettors and fully
independent suspension with Dubonnet-type trailing arm suspension with
coil springs and hydraulic dampers at front and swing axles with a
transverse leaf spring at the rear.
The 8C 2900A was shown to the public at the 1935 London Motor Show and
was advertised for sale there. The engine, with a compression ratio of
6.5:1 and a stated power output of 220 bhp (160 kW) at 5300 rpm, was
detuned from the Grand Prix racing version. Ten 2900As were built, five
in 1935 and five in 1936.
Scuderia Ferrari entered three 8C 2900As in the 1936 Mille Miglia and
again in the 1937 Mille Miglia. In 1936 they finished in the top three
positions, with Marquis Antonio Brivio winning, Giuseppe Farina
finishing second, and Carlo Pintacuda finishing third. In 1937 they
finished in the top two positions, with Pintacuda winning and Farina
finishing second; the third 2900A, driven by Clemente Biondetti, did not
finish. The 8C 2900A also won the 1936 Spa 24 Hours with Raymond Sommer
and Francesco Severi.
This diecast model is by NewRay, it was sourced from Aston's Auctioneers
in November 2018