Alfa Romeo Disco Volante
|Alfa Romeo Disco Volante|
Alfa Romeo Disco Volante Spider
|Also called||Alfa Romeo 1900 C 52|
|Body and chassis|
|Engine||1997 cc straight-4
3495 cc straight-6
|Wheelbase||2,220 mm (87.4 in)|
|Curb weight||735 kg (1,620 lb) with 1997 cc engine|
The Alfa Romeo Disco Volante (Italian for "Flying Saucer") known also as 1900 C52, is a concept car series with production starting from 1952. The cars were racing car concepts with mechanics from the Alfa Romeo 1900 and made in collaboration with Milan-based coachbuilder Touring. The engine was a slightly tuned 1900 engine (1997 cc) now producing 158 bhp (118 kW). The car was very streamlined, windtunnel tested, and the body was built on a tubular space frame. This aerodynamic shape made a top speed of 220 kilometres per hour (140 mph) possible.
Three different body styles were made: one open seater and two different coupé styles. There was even a 3.5 L version made for Juan Manuel Fangio. None of these automobiles ever attained to the status of truly successful racing cars although they were tried a few times, with one victory having been taken at the Gran Premio Supercortemaggiore. According to some the design of the Jaguar E-type has some design cues similar to the Disco Volante.
The unique 3.5-liter car is preserved in the Museo Nazionale dell'Automobile in Turin; two 2.0-liter prototypes are preserved in the Alfa Romeo museum in Arese and are regularly used in classic car races. Estimated value of each is between 1 and 2 million Euro.
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