Today confined to a muscular range with Giulia and Stelvio, Alfa Romeo has been able to present models that were dreaming there is still little, with the arrival in the 2000s 8C Competizione. In addition to a devastating look, it shipped a 4.7 liter V8 made jointly by Ferrari and Maserati, and used in particular in the GranTurismo. With 450 horsepower and 480 Nm, it swallowed the 0 to 100 km / h in 4.5 seconds and was close to 300 km / h in top speed.
With such a base, we understand why the bodybuilder Touring only wanted to touch the style of this 8C when making the Disco Volante, tribute to the model of the same name manufactured in 1952 by the Italian brand and also called C52. In Italian, Disco Volante means flying saucer, and it is true that this car sports a retro-futuristic design that corresponds well to the science fiction aspect of its name.
Presented at the Geneva Motor Show 2012, this Disco Volante by Touring was declined in cabriolet, and was entirely hand-made. Each model required 4000 hours of work and each car is unique. The Flying Disco was made to order and the last was designed this year. In total, only eight copies were manufactured by Carrozzeria Touring of the standard version, and one of them is for sale on the O'Kane Lavers website.
The fabrication consisted of deboning an 8C Competizione, and designing each piece of bodywork by hand, using the same metal forging techniques used by Touring craftsmen in the 1920s, when the company was founded. The interior was then removed to paint the body at the customer's choice, and then reinstalled with some modifications, again at the customer's request.
The model now on sale has a blue hue called Blu Largo, adaptation of the blue Ferrari Tour de France, the seats are beige and it is the only Flying Disco designed with a wooden interior, which adds a style reminiscent of some yachts . It displays 5750 km on the clock and was maintained by Maserati.
This precise model was on display at Pebble Beach in 2017, and a book containing photos of its manufacture is provided with, as well as assorted luggage with tack. The price of the Disco Volante has not been specified, but we know that the 8C Competizione posted a rate of 159'300 euros. In other words, it will take much more for this 8C Competizione, which is now a collector car. And to situate the values involved in such a vehicle, it must be understood that the Alpine sound system has been replaced by a set Focal for the modest sum of 20'000 euros, which leaves frankly dreamy as to the price at which this model will be sold.