As the cardinals are in conclave in Rome, it seems timely to focus on another notable Italian, made in Milan by a small carrozzeria, called Touring of Milan.
Its automotive artisans took the mechanicals of the 1951 Alfa Romeo 1900 (the first Alfa Romeo to be made on a production line), and fashioned a beautiful, striking and slippery body, and named it the Disco Volante - Italian for 'Flying Saucer'.
|Alfa Romeo Disco Volante by Touring of Milan
|Original concept car being loaded for the Geneva Salon
|Alfa Romeo 1900 C competing in the Mille Miglia Re-run
|Disco Volante Coupe
There was even a 3.5 L version made for Juan Manuel Fangio. None of these automobiles ever attained 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.
|Disco Volante at the 2010 Pebble Beach Concours d'E;egance
|Alfa Romeo Tipo 158 Alfetta