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To mark the 60th birthday of the legendary Alfa Romeo 1900 C52 Disco Volante, Touring Superleggera, a Milanese coachbuilding firm which has been designing and making vehicle bodywork since 1926, has created the 2013 edition of the Disco Volante with the official endorsement of Alfa Romeo.

The Disco Volante is a two-seater GT car with a bespoke, hand-made carbon fibre and aluminium body, underpinned by the sexy Alfa Romeo 8C Competizione coupe. Under that shapely hood sits the donor 8C’s 4.7 litre V8 engine with 450 hp and 480 Nm of torque, all going to the rear axle. 0 to 100 km/h is completed in 4.2 seconds and top speed is 292 km/h.

The frame members and the central carbon cell of the 8C are unchanged. Elements of the underpinning and the body, such as the engine bay, firewall, windscreen and cowl, A pillars and the locks and hinges have been retained too, along with the dashboard, instruments, pedals and steering wheel. Certain parts, such as the doorframes, roof frame and C pillars have been modified to match the new shape.

The 1900 C52 Disco Volante from the 50s was also known as the Flying Saucer. This is the coupe version.

Carbon fibre is used for specific components like the front bumper and grille, bonnet, side skirts, boot lid and the integrated rear-window frame. The bonnet and boot lid are sandwich-built with Nomex filler to obtain a better stiffness/weight ratio and to dampen vibration and noise.

The modern day Alfa Romeo Disco Volante is a built-to-order limited production car with each unit requiring 4,000 hours of craftsmanship to complete. Deliver an 8C and Touring Superleggera will give you back a Disco Volante in six months. Price? If you need to ask…