The Alfa Romeo 8C was originally a range of Alfa Romeo road, race and
sports cars of the 1930s. The 8C designates 8 cylinders, and originally
a straight 8-cylinder engine. The Vittorio Jano designed 8C was Alfa
Romeo's primary racing engine from its introduction in 1931 to its
retirement in 1939. In addition to the two-seater sports cars it was
used in the world's first genuine single-seat Grand Prix racing car, the
Monoposto 'Tipo B' - P3 from 1932 onwards.
'8C 2300 tipo Le Mans' was the sport version of the '8C 2300' and it had
a successful debut in the 1931 Eireann Cup driven by Henry Birkin. It
won the 24 Hours of Le Mans in 1931 (Howe-Birkin); 1932 (Chinetti-Sommer);
1933 (Nuvolari-Sommer) and 1934 (Chinetti-Etancelin).