The Alfa Romeo 8C Competizione Is Still Cool Today

To drive, it disappoints. But does that matter when it looks this good?

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In some ways, the Alfa Romeo 8C Competizione aged very well, and it others, it hasn't. The looks? Still great. It references many beautiful Alfas of the past without being too retro. The Maserati-sourced 4.7-liter V8? A naturally aspirated gem with an unforgettable sound. Most everything else? Well....

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Harry Metcalfe of the excellent Harry's Garage on YouTube revisits the 8C in his newest video, and while he concludes it's a truly special car, there's a lot wrong with it. There's no real trunk to speak of, for starters—instead, there's just a little slot for a briefcase and a shelf behind the seats.

Then there's the gearbox. It's a single-clutch six-speed from the early days of paddle shifts, and it's a bit wonky. At speed, shifts are relatively slow, and worse is maneuvering, where it's jerky and unpredictable. Finally, the chassis—as Metcalfe says, it's not "polished," with a tendency to bounce and skip around on rough surfaces.

But, it's one of those cars that just takes a single look to forgive all faults. It's just so pretty. Metcalfe's suggestion for 8C owners? "Just lock it away when it's wet and cold, and just look at it...and bring it out for those special sunny days, or a trip across Europe."

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