Thursday, 5 March 2015

Alfa Romeo Disco Volante

Words & photos - Daniel Bevis

The Alfa Romeo 8C Competizione is such a sublimely peachy thing to behold that if you're thinking of taking a scalpel to those gorgeous curves, you'd better have a pretty bloody good reason for doing so. Thankfully, the Disco Volante is as good a reason as you're likely to find...

Emulating its iconic 1952 namesake, this rebodied special recalls the halcyon days of manufacturers commissioning a coachbuilder to make the bodywork of a new road/race car as sensually shocking and streamlined as possible. And, like the original, it's the penmanship and sturdy aluminium-hammering of Carrozzeria Touring that have spirited this glorious concept into reality. It bears the trademark Superleggera badges, and retains all of the 8C magic under the skin - so that's a Ferrari-built 4.7-litre V8 with 450bhp, automated manual 'box, a top speed of 181mph and a 0-62mph time of 4.2s.
Beautiful details abound, from the illuminated logos in the seatbacks to the coachline that swoops from the grille, up across the wheelarch and along to the door handle. The pinched tail looks like it's puckering for a kiss (although, being a tail, a crueller man than I may say it's puckering for something else...), and the lollipop tail-lights are wonderfully cartoonish.
A joy to behold, this, and a rare beast too. Nice work, Touring. You're welcome to chop up the odd 8C for this kind of caper.

Click here for more photos from the 2013 St. James's Concours.

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