Despite being very rare, the Alfa Romeo 8C Competizione has become quite the donor car: it seems a number of design houses are keen to build concepts off the exotic coupe’s mechanical bits. Case in point: Touring Superleggera’s Alfa Romeo Disco Volante, which debuts this week at the 2012 Geneva Motor Show.
Touring left the 8C’s hardware untouched, meaning the Disco Volante still uses the same chassis, wheels, and 4.7-liter V-8 as a stock 8C Competizione. The company did wrap all that in a hand-crafted body constructed from both hand-beaten aluminum and carbon fiber panels. The saucer-like shape recalls that of the 1952 Alfa Romeo C52 Disco Volante – itself also designed and crafted by Touring — and incorporates the original’s wide fenders, rounded rear fascia, and three-section grille without being blatantly retro.
Much like the original Disco Volante, the new car will apparently reach limited production. Touring built only three examples of the C52; Touring promises the new Disco Volante will be equally exclusive, although the exact number remains elusive. Buyers will need to provide their own Alfa Romeo 8C Competizione before the transformation can begin.
The new Alfa Romeo Disco Volante is just the latest in a recent rash of concept cars to draw from Alfa Romeo’s mid-century history. Back in 2009, Stile Bertone – another one of the Italian car design firms – took the platform from the Maserati GT 3200 and transformed it into the Alfa Romeo B.A.T. 11 Concept. B.A.T. 11 was to continue the series of B.A.T. cars that were designed by the company’s namesake Nuccio Bertone in the 1950s, with B.A.T. standing for Berlinetta Aerodynamic Technica or Aerodynamic Technical Coupe.
In 2010, Pininfarina used the Geneva show to roll out the oddly-named yet beautifully shaped 2uettottanta concept. Although we still can’t properly pronounce its name, the small barchetta was inspired by the fabled Spider Duetto of the 1960s, and used a turbocharged four-cylinder engine.
In 2011, the Zagato firm ripped a page from its own history books when it transformed a stock 8C coupe into the lovely TZ3 Corsa concept. Like previous Zagato-bodied Alfa TZ models, the TZ3 wore pert, small grilles; a breadvan-like body; and a strong Kamm tail. The design ultimately made it into limited production, but the end product – the TZ3 Stradale – was curiously based on the underpinnings of a Dodge Viper ACR.
The Touring Superleggera Alfa Romeo Disco Volante will make its official debut this week at the Geneva show; for more on the 2012 Geneva Motor Show, including videos, the latest photos, and more information, click here to visit our 2012 Geneva Motor Show homepage.