First of all: Bump
What we really need is for an authority to pick up this Disco Volante thread and separate it from the original lost topic.
Many thanks again for your commitment! Highly sofisticated engine discussion!
I can only bring in another photo of the 6C3000 engine being mounted into car #0011.
And this here should be a 6C3000CM engine.
@Boudewijn, I am again astonished about the photos you bring in!
About those from Merano, I know where there are from
But anyway I appreciate your help very much! Further you make me too curious about your files;-)
@Alex, the story of Antonietto Fossati should not be forgotten!
I remember a photograph in the Dutch Alfa mag showing a crashed Disco Volante Spider on a trailer.
So there has happened an accident with one of the early Discos!
Depressing detail is the death of the policeman!
I keep that in mind....if the story happened that way, the killed policeman was surely mentioned in contemporary newspapers. If I'll ever find something about the story, I will surely post it herein
@gtv2000, do you have in mind which source explains Karl Kling's accident during free practise for the Nurburgring race with a rabbit?
I never came over this story before!
For your entertainment and to underline my doubt concerning the rabbit, I translated the corresponding passage from the book "Jagd nach dem Sieg" by Karl Kling and Günther Molter:
From the chapter "Ein Jahr mit Alfa Romeo".
He remembers his second pactise lap on the Ring as below:
(date 11. August 1953)
"At the end of the straight I breaked, shifted down and pushed through
the Südkehre into the Gegengerade. The engine had a clean and sober
sound. With highspeed my red Alfa ran down the Hatzenbach, then passing
Flugplatz and through the Fuchsröhre.
With howling engine, I pushed the car into Wehrsiepen. At the last right
turn, before the bridge that crosses the little canyon, I shifted down
to second gear and braked hard.
With whistling tyres the Alfa pushed through the corner. Now I had to
hit the entry to the bridge as exactely as possible.
WHAT WAS THAT????
Without reacting to the steeringwheel the car went straight ahead.
Before I could use my mind, the bridge was flying towards me. I pushed
myself as hard as I could against the steeringwheel and the floor.
In the last second I could see the concrete of the bridge appearing
like a huge wall right infront of me, then the car crashed through the
I was aware of what happened all the time.
Pieces of concrete were flying in the air, the Alfa tumed itself upside
down, made a double loop and landed on the front end, then it tumbled
back on its wheels.
I immediately shut down the ignition to avoid fire and went off through
I ran as far away as possible, but after same meters I felt strong pain
in my chest and I had to rest."
Karl Kling was injured and remained some weeks in hospital.
He tried to recover as soon as possible, because he hoped that the Alfa company would participate in the Carrera Panamericana race later that year.
But this was his last drive as an official Alfa works-driver :-(
Btw, Kling was borrowed to Alfa by Mercedes. In 1953 Mercedes didn't participate in racing, they paused this year to return in full strengh in 1954.
Back to the accident of Kling. Alfa Romeo sent two cars to the Ring, the other one was driven by Sanesi. But they withdraw due to Kling's accident.
And they took the wreck, a total loss, back home to Italy.
The chassis number of the crashed car is not known, this opens some interesting possibilities...
What did they do with the wreck?
Put it to waste, or repair it?
Or give it to a promising and talented designer who just founded his own company, called Carrozzeria Boano. Just guessing....
Last remark, Kling crashed in August, the Merano race was in September. Maybe he was planned to drive one of the Alfas in Merano that DNS...