The Alfa Romeo Disco Volante
(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 . The car was very streamlined, windtunnel tested, and the body was built on a tubular space frame.
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 Biscaretti museum 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 cost of each is between 1 and 2 million Euro
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