Today, one-off or super restricted supercars are becoming kind of the standard. Be that as it may, harking back to the 1950s and 1960s (and considerably more pre-WWII), the idea of sequentially created top of the line sportscar was… Well, it didn’t truly exist. Ferrari, Bugatti, Bentley, Hispano-Suiza and numerous other vehicle makers were firmly connected with coachbuilders to really “dress” their cars (comprehend here a case and motor). Yet, back in the days, even the more “mainstream” producers depended on these fashioners and carrozzerias to make novel, typically absolutely insane models and exceptional models. For instance… Alfa Romeo – consider names like Bertone or Touring, and cars like Disco Volante or B.A.Ts.
Bertone x Alfa B.A.T or the sacred trinity of vehicle design
Now what you’ll see is the ideal meaning of over-the-top… Bertone, one of Italy’s most popular vehicle creators, wasn’t short of making astonishingly present day cars, sprucing up some of the best models accessible around. The Carrozzeria Bertone is behind some of the most heavenly Italian (or not) cars, for example, the Lamborghini Miura, the ISO Rivolta, the Alfa Romeo GTV, the Maserati 5000GT yet in addition some idea cars dependent on the Aston Martin DB4 or the Ferrari 250GT.
Back during the 1950s, under the pen of Franco Scaglione (one of Bertone’s configuration colleagues), the basically hypnotizing Alfa Romeo B.A.T set of three sprung up, cars that would become the undisputed symbols of 20th century plan. Striking, troublesome, provocative, futuristic… You can add many descriptive words to these cars when taking a gander at them today. Yet, envision the response of individuals going to the 1953 Turin Motor Show and showing up before Bertone’s stand! Staying there was a vehicle dedicated Berlinetta Aerodinamica Tecnica 5 – or B.A.T. 5 for short. “The astonishing show vehicle was based on the body of the elaborate Alfa Romeo 1900 SS cantina yet highlighted a cutting edge and attractively etched steel body, a plane style nose flanked by enormous air admissions, clearing side flanks that disguised the haggles great pair of bended back wings.”
B.A.T. 5 was trailed by two further idea cars, B.A.T. 7 and B.A.T. 9, which were disclosed at the Turin Motor Shows in 1954 and 1955, individually, taking the underlying plan to the following level.
You can see every one of the three cars rejoined here, completely clarified by classicdriver.com . Photographs: Tom Shaxson for Phillips/Classic©2019
The ATL Alfa Romeo 1900 – A Coachbuilt Rarity
Now we move into the underground world… Miles from the enormous names Pininfarina, Bertone or Zagato. Here’s another Italian motoring treasure, a workshop worked via Autotecnica del Lario (ATL), established by Ercole Zuccoli during the 1960s. ATL delivered extremely restricted arrangement (often unique cases) of hand-molded bodies for sports cars, until the last part of the 1970s when the company was disbanded.
One of (if not the most) wonderful vehicle to at any point leave ATL’s workshop is again founded on an Alfa Romeo 1900 SS, and the outcome is basically staggering. The lines, which somehow bring out some other contemporary creations, for example, the Alfa Romeo 6C 3000 CM and Touring’s Disco Volante Coupe, are that of a genuine 1960s Berlinetta, with that long hood and the ordinary fastback back end.
“The ATL vehicle envisioned here was purportedly worked without explicit portrayals or mockups: the development technique is more like a figure than an exact mechanical instrument, and isn’t this where such an extensive amount the cliché Italian vehicle beguile comes from?” This vehicle, apparently underlying close to eight models, is presumably one of only a handful not many that stay from that all around uncommon batch. Furthermore, being crafted by a lesser-known coachbuilder, it unquestionably is extraordinary in its own way.
More subtleties and dazzling pictures to be found here, at petrolicious.com . Photography by Rosario Liberti.
Driving the Alfa Romeo Touring Disco Volante
Recently, we’ve somehow a memory of mentor assembled cars, with numerous Zagato x Aston Martin models, one-off cars worked by Pininfarina or Italdesign (ex-Giugiaro). One of the non-official cars that brought back this pattern is the consequence of work done via Carrozzeria Touring Superleggera, and an accolade for one of Alfa Romeo’s most noteworthy cars, the supposed Disco-Volante.
Back in 2012, Touring introduced an idea vehicle dependent on the powerful 2007 Alfa Romeo 8C (dispassionately extraordinary compared to other sounding current cars) that repeated the 1952 Alfa Romeo 1900 C52 , and was nicknamed Disco Volante (“Flying Saucer” in English) because of its smoothed out, air stream tried bodywork.
The present day vehicle holds the specialized base of the 8C Competizione, which means a Ferrari/Maserati-based V8 motor, and adds to the bundle a uniquely constructed bodywork that adds a mind blowing appeal to the generally heavenly 8C.
And topgear.com reveals to you how it feels to drive it here .