8C by the Sea

We all have regrets in life.  Some are small, others not so much.  Some of us have that one major regret – that one Big Mistake which we wish we could go back in time and correct.  And it often involves love, lust, or both.

Sometime in 2003, Alfa Romeo, which had been mostly absent from any news coverage in the US since 1995, was suddenly on the cover of all the auto magazines and blogs with photos of its stunning new, outrageously gorgeous 8C Competizione Concept.  It was pure sex on wheels.  Alfisti all over the world, or anyone with a pulse for that matter, immediately lusted over it.  It instantly sparked new life, energy, and interest in the great marque we all love.  I had to have it.  No, I needed it!

Unlike many concepts, it wasn’t trying too hard to be some overly designed teenage science fiction vision of the future.  Nor was it just a rehashed version of a design that was visionary some 30 years ago but bastardized for today’s market.  Instead, it was simple, yet different than anything else out there.  All the lines just worked.  One look and your heart beat went up.  It was a modern classic.

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