Modern Flying Saucer
Alfa Romeo Disco Volante Spyder by Touring

The art of coachbuilding is still alive and well, even though it might be the realm of only the wealthiest among us these days. This masterpiece, built by Carrozzeria Touring in 2013, demonstrates modern coachbuilding capabilities and references the 1952 Alfa Romeo C52 — aka the Disco Volante.

The original 1952 example was given the Disco Volante (flying saucer in Italian) moniker thanks to its remarkably fluid, aerodynamic profile. The modern Alfa Romeo Disco Volante Spyder, first seen at the 2012 Geneva Motor Show, clearly carries on that aesthetic. With a limited production run of just seven examples, the two-seater open-top car is based on the chassis and drivetrain of the Alfa Romeo 8C Competizione Spyder, and it took the Touring team 4,000 hours and more than 6 months to create such a unique machine.

The example shown here is currently available from Auxietre & Schmidt. As the very last of the seven Disco Volante Spyders built, it’s dressed in stunning red metallic and features a twin-panel carbon fibre roof that converts the open-top model into a coupé. The example is powered by the stock 4.7-litre Ferrari-designed V8, paired with a six-speed sequential paddle-shift transmission. The interior is filled with carbon details to accompany the black Alcantara and leather — a classic choice that fits perfectly with the elegant silhouette.