1:8 SCALE 1931


The first eight cyinder Alfa Romeo was the 1931 8C 2300,  initially designed as a racing car, but actually produced in 188 units also for road use. The racing version of the 8C 2300 Spider, driven by Tazio Nuvolari, won the 1931 and 1932 Targa Florio race in Sicily, and victory in the 1931 Italian Grand Prix at Monza gave the ‘Monza’ name to the twin seater GP car, a shortened version of the Spider.

This model is being built by Arthur Saunders from a “very old” Pocher kit comprising 270 ABS parts, 809 brass, 255 stainless steel plus 118 parts of steel, iron, copper and rubber. Arthur set about the project as a super detailed model with many metal scratch-built parts replacing those from the original kit. These include the dash board, leather covered seats, kick board, side girders and floor, working suspension, steering, oil/fuel tank, louvred cockpit combing, fly screen, bonnet clips and hinges, control rods, exhaust, fire wall, wiring support, repositioned steering box and exhaust, cockpit interior, fire extinguisher and hand operated petrol pump.

The engine has active pistons, spark plugs, twin-choke carburettor, oil filter, oil pipes and brakes.

The model was photographed at the 2016 Brooklands show and is 75% complete, easily de-constructed and had occupied 500 hours work.