Rare Rides: A 2019 Alfa Romeo Disco Volante Spyder, One of Seven

Corey Lewis
by Corey Lewis
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Today’s Rare Ride very likely a vehicle you’ll never see in real life. Extremely expensive and limited in production, just seven were ever made.

It’s pretty spectacular.

The sleek, flowing lines of the two-door seen here are based on an Alfa Romeo 8C, which Rare Rides covered last year. Disco Volante’s designer and builder, Carrozzeria Touring, wanted to create a modern homage to their historic 1952 Disco Volante. That car was an aerodynamic experimental racer, with a daring shape unlike anything else in the early Fifties.

The original Disco Volante was incredibly limited in its production, and between 1952 and 1953 just five cars were produced. Of those, four were spyders and one a coupe. Sixty years later Touring took a look at the recent 8C Competizione and Spyder and decided it was once again time for Disco. This time though, it would be a road-legal car.

Considered an experimental build, the Disco Volante used the same Maserati-Ferrari 4.7-liter V8 and six-speed auto-manual transmission from the 8C. Touring designed an all-new body for the 8C’s chassis, and completely altered the car’s appearance. Almost every piece from lighting and body panels, to the trim, door mirrors, and roofline were all completely changed.

Interiors for the Disco Volante were not as entirely reworked as the exterior but gained additional trim and Alcantara coated surfaces and other accents that were color-matched to the exterior. Touring also saw fit to replace the Alfa’s seats with a design of their own.

The 181 miles per hour Disco Volante was available in standard coupe and Spyder variants, and Touring’s builds were based on the 8C Competizione and Spyder respectively. Touring produced eight coupes in 2013, but it took them a while to develop the Spyder idea. The Spyder was first shown at Geneva in March of 2016, and production commenced afterward with a total run of seven cars.

Today’s Rare Ride is number four of seven, and is finished in Verde British Racing. It was first registered in 2019, so presumably sat unused for a while after it was built by Touring. Since then, it’s covered almost 10,000 miles. It’s priced by request, but brace yourself.

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  • Nrd515 I bought an '88 S10 Blazer with the 4.3. We had it 4 years and put just about 48K on it with a bunch of trips to Nebraska and S. Dakota to see relatives. It had a couple of minor issues when new, a piece of trim fell off the first day, and it had a seriously big oil leak soon after we got it. The amazinly tiny starter failed at about 40K, it was fixed under some sort of secret warranty and we got a new Silverado as a loaner. Other than that, and a couple of tires that blew when I ran over some junk on the road, it was a rock. I hated the dash instrumentation, and being built like a gorilla, it was about an inch and a half too narrow for my giant shoulders, but it drove fine, and was my second most trouble free vehicle ever, only beaten by my '82 K5 Blazer, which had zero issues for nearly 50K miles. We sold the S10 to a friend, who had it over 20 years and over 400,000 miles on the original short block! It had a couple of transmissions, a couple of valve jobs, a rear end rebuild at 300K, was stolen and vandalized twice, cut open like a tin can when a diabetic truck driver passed out(We were all impressed at the lack of rust inside the rear quarters at almost 10 years old, and it just went on and on. Ziebart did a good job on that Blazer. All three of his sons learned to drive in it, and it was only sent to the boneyard when the area above the windshield had rusted to the point it was like taking a shower when it rained. He now has a Jeep that he's put a ton of money into. He says he misses the S10's reliablity a lot these days, the Jeep is in the shop a lot.
  • Jeff S Most densely populated areas have emission testing and removing catalytic converters and altering pollution devices will cause your vehicle to fail emission testing which could effect renewing license plates. In less populated areas where emission testing is not done there would probably not be any legal consequences and the converter could either be removed or gutted both without having to buy specific parts for bypassing emissions. Tampering with emission systems would make it harder to resell a vehicle but if you plan on keeping the vehicle and literally running it till the wheels fall off there is not much that can be done if there is no emission testing. I did have a cat removed on a car long before mandatory emission testing and it did get better mpgs and it ran better. Also had a cat gutted on my S-10 which was close to 20 years old which increased performance and efficiency but that was in a state that did not require emission testing just that reformulated gas be sold during the Summer months. I would probably not do it again because after market converters are not that expensive on older S-10s compared to many of the newer vehicles. On newer vehicles it can effect other systems that are related to the operating and the running of the vehicle. A little harder to defeat pollution devices on newer vehicles with all the systems run by microprocessors but if someone wants to do it they can. This law could be addressing the modified diesels that are made into coal rollers just as much as the gasoline powered vehicles with cats. You probably will still be able to buy equipment that would modify the performance of a vehicles as long as the emission equipment is not altered.
  • ToolGuy I wonder if Vin Diesel requires DEF.(Does he have issues with Sulfur in concentrations above 15ppm?)
  • ToolGuy Presented for discussion: https://xroads.virginia.edu/~Hyper2/thoreau/civil.html
  • Kevin Ford can do what it's always done. Offer buyouts to retirement age employees, and transfers to operating facilities to those who aren't retirement age. Plus, the transition to electric isn't going to be a finger snap one time event. It's going to occur over a few model years. What's a more interesting question is: Where will today's youth find jobs in the auto industry given the lower employment levels?
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