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Lot 175 - 1958 Alfa Romeo Discovolante 1900 Evocation

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ESTIMATE €160,000- €180,000

Auction Legende et Passion May 2016
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Lot Number 175
Reg. Number EU Taxes Paid
Chassis Number 17704
Year 1958
Make Alfa Romeo
Model Disco Volante 1900 Evocation

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Description

The Alfa Romeo 1900 C52 “Disco Volante”, commonly known simply as Alfa Romeo Disco Volante (Italian for «Flying Saucer»), is a series of experimental sports racing cars produced between 1952 and 1953 by Italian car manufacturer Alfa Romeo in collaboration with Milanese coachbuilder Carrozzeria Touring. The car was distinguished by streamlined, wind tunnel tested bodywork.

Three spiders were made in 1952, with a 2-litre all-alloy four-cylinder engine; a year later one was modified into a coupé, and another one into a more conventional-looking spider. Two more examples were built fitted with a six-cylinder 3.5-litre engine from the Alfa Romeo 6C 3000 CM racing car. Four of the five cars built in total survive today.

The 1900 C52 was originally developed in 1952 to take part to Sport category races. Its fully enveloping aerodynamic bodywork was developed and built together with Carrozzeria Touring, and wind tunnel tested. Studied to achieve a low drag coefficient even in crosswinds, the body featured a lenticular cross-section both viewed from the front and from the side;[5] the underbody was faired-in. According to some the design of the Jaguar E-type has some design cues similar to the Disco Volante.

Based on an Alfa Romeo 1900 Super, this evocation was realised by body-shop Ferrero of Milan at the end of the 80s. This car has a tubular frame and aluminium body and is described as being in generally very good condition. The Alfa Romeo Discovolante is an extremely rare car, so a good Evocation of the period is a very good opportunity to acquire one of the most wonderful cars in the history of the automobiles.


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