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1955 Disco Volante goes to auction

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A RARE and beautiful 1955 Alfa Romeo Disco Volante Evocazione is expected to sell for between £90,000 and £110,000 when it goes under the hammer this weekend.

The car is lot 344 is to be sold by international auctioneers COYS in the Autosport International show at the NEC, Birmingham, on Saturday (January 12).

The auctioneers’ details say that the car is Italian-registered, with chassis number 12004, and is eligible for many events due to its 1900 Super identity and origin.

COYS description is as follows:

With Alfa Romeo moving out of Formula 1 racing at the end of the 1951 season they turned their attention to sports car racing. They introduced the revolutionary C-52 ‘Disco Volante’ in 1952. It was really futuristic in its design and was like something the world had not seen before.

The name means ‘The flying saucer’ because the wheels sat so far inside the car’s body that they appeared barely visible. Bodywork was by Carrozzeria Touring and was constructed the usual Touring way with a tubular frame and a sculpted aluminium body wrapped around it, this way it was very light but also very rigid. Mechanically it used the Alfa 1900s front and rear axle but the engine used a twin-spark head with a block enlarged to 2 litres with power at 158hp.

According to the owner, a wealthy Milanese gentleman commissioned Carrozzeria Coriasco to build a tubular chassis, aluminium skinned replica of the Disco Volante. The car’s identity comes from a 1954 Alfa Romeo 1900 Super with a 1900 engine which, according to the vendor, was built and prepared with a twin-spark head by 50s and 60s Alfa tuners Conrero.

According to the vendor the car has passed through a couple of Italian collectors during the 60s, 70s and 80s and underwent a restoration about 10 years ago. Finished in red, with red and black interior and offered with Italian papers, we are informed this Disco Evocation is eligible for many events due to its 1900 Super identity and origin.

Another entry in Saturday’s sale which will interest Alfa aficionados is lot 132, which comprises various Alfa Romeo and other model cars.

They include two Freccia d’Oro 1949 versions, a 2900B, a 2300B and other vehicles forming “a quirky, fun and high quality lot”.  The estimate is £270-£320.

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