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Peter Anderson | Mar, 07 2013 | 3 Comments

Italian coachbuilder Touring Superleggera has confirmed it will build 500 of its Disco Volante coupes, each tailored to the buyer's tastes.

The Disco Volante celebrates the 60th anniversary of the original 1952 collaboration between Alfa and coach builder Touring Superleggera.

As the Superleggera (super lightweight) name suggests, even sixty years ago there were people around - like founder, Felice Bianchi - who knew: weight is the enemy, air resistance is the obstacle.

Developed for the race track, the 1952 Disco Volante was based on an Alfa Romeo 1900 C and quickly became a design classic, with some whispering it influenced the E-Type Jaguar.

Three versions were made: an open-roofed racer, and two different coupe styles. Racing pilot Fangio had a 3.5 litre version, a significant step up from the standard 118kW 2.0 litre original.

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The 2012 Disco Volante takes the stunning Alfa Romeo 8C Competizione, junks the body and replaces it with an even more beautiful aluminium body.

Built on the 8C's spaceframe and retaining the Ferrari V8 and rear-mounted gearbox, the aluminium is protected front and back by carbon fibre bumpers and underpinned by carbon substructures.

The howling V8 and light weight of the body conspire to hurl the Disco Volante to 100km/h in 4.2 seconds and top speed of 290km/h.

The Disco's hand-beaten sheetmetal could be yours, providing you have a spare 8C and many, many Euros to cover the 4000 hours of labour required to transform the 8C into Touring Superleggera's masterpiece.

The price and relative rarity of the 8C donor car is sure to make this one as collectible as the first - and there's a two-year warranty to sweeten the deal.

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