8C-BASED DISCO VOLANTE CONFIRMED
Enough to make lovers of Italian car design and heritage go weak at the knees...
Singer 911s to mainstream production cars like the Mini and Fiat 500, revivalism as a design theme is still a popular currency. And one Touring Superleggera is happy to trade in.
It's an easy win though. The 8C is already handsome enough. Throw a bit of chrome at it, some emotive quotes in Italian like 'Il peso e nemico, la resistenza all'aria l'ostacolo' alluding to the celebrated 1952 C52 Disco Volante ('weight is the enemy, air resistance the obstacle' apparently) and you've got an open goal. How the Germans and their clunky, Teutonic Vorsprung Durch Technik must hate the Italian ability to make even the humdrum sound romantic and evocative. Quattroporte anyone?
Anyway, we digress.
As such the new-age Disco Volante keeps the 8C's 450hp, 4.7-litre V8 and transaxle automated manual, plus the rest of the Alfa underpinnings. With 8Cs sitting at around £120K in the PH classifieds as we speak that's not going to be a cheap process, or one for the squeamish either, given that 8C production was just 500 of each bodystyle.
This isn't the only example of reimagined classic car in the news lately either. Over the pond Gullwing America, builder of the spaceframe chassised, 300SL-inspired Panamericana, was last week reported as building a special SLS-based one-off inspired by the old Mercedes 300Sc.
Now, true Merc geeks will admire the historical link here, the original 300SL's engine and running having been donated by the 300 saloon before being spiced up with fuel injection and inserted into a spaceframe chassis. The Gullwing then returned the favour, 1955-on 300Sc models getting the SL's direct-injection six and an 'Einspritzmotor' badge on the rump for a beguiling mix of pre-war styling and post-war tech.