Alfa Romeo withdrew from racing in 1933 after a very successful season with the dominating Alfa Tipo B. In 1933 only privately run teams raced Alfa’s, mainly the Modena based Scuderia Ferrari. Because Alfa Romeo had locked the Tipo B’s behind closed doors for no one to use, the Scuderia Ferrari was forced to use the outdated 8C 2300’s. Despite some engine modification like the fitting of Weber carburettors and increasing the displacement to 2600 cc’s, the 2300’s could not compete with the Bugatti Type 51 and the Maserati 8CM’s.
Alfa Romeo eventually decided to supply the Scuderia Ferrari with Tipo B racecars and Ferrari became very successful again. In 1934 however, Mercedes and Auto Union were becoming very competitive and Alfa Romeo decided to let Vittorio Jano design a new Grand Prix car, the Tipo C. During the 1935 season, Alfa introduced the Tipo C, better known as the 8C 35 and the 8C 2900.
Alfa Romeo built only 43 8C 2900’s from 1935 to 1941; 10 8C 2900A’s and 33 8C 2900B’s with chassisnumbers 412001 to 412043. In 1935 the Scuderia Ferrari started with three 8C 2900A’s with so called Botticella bodies, in the Mille Miglia. The cars finished 1st, 2nd and 3rd.