Tom Zat told me, while standing over the car, that it was the last Disco Volante produced, and not in any of the official documentation at Alfa. This would make it #13 out of a run of 12 cars made!
It was never a running car at the time, and was scheduled to be destroyed. However, some zealous employees couldn't bear to see thier work crushed so they "smuggled" the car into a crate bound for South America. From there, it made it's way to an owner in California, who sold it to Zat in the eighties.
Either while in South America or California, it had a 1900 driveline installed, the same as the other Disco Volante cars.
People who have seen and researched the car are somewhat divided on its authenticity. Many feel the story is true and the car is genuine, while others think the car was constructed in California from a wrecked 1900 sometime in the '70s.
Here are my observations:
1] The car is very rough. The detailing, fit, and finish are poor.
2] Compared to the car in the Museo Storico in Arese, there is something that is just "off" about the general shape of the car. It lacks a certain grace and cohesiveness to the design.
That being said, these cars were both hand made and experimental. I would not be surprised if every single Disco Volante is significantly different.
Anthony, sure, send me your address and I'll send out that hat.
we have had a fair number of rare hand made alfa's come through the shop and the workmanship is very incosistant from one side of a car to another. probably one guy made one side and someone else did another at the same time. my 1900 CSS had some inconsistancies in the body. its strange but its what makes the cars unique.
The picture at the top of the thread looks a lot like it was taken at the Science Museum in London. There was an exhibition there last year celebrating Alfa Romeo with a number of vehicles form the Alfa Museum brought over. It was worth the trek into London to see it. If I can dig out the photos I could post a few.
He claimed that the Disco he had/has was made out of an "extra" body that Touring had built. He built a car around that with Giulietta and 1900 parts. C.F. Bianchi-Andeloni of Touring has no idea how many bodies were amde, so it is possible that somehow an "extra" body came to the US. The car, however, is NOT a "real" Disco..
The interesting thing about the "Disco" is that it was the inspiration for the classic Jag "E" type. I was fortunate enough to see one last year at an Italian car show in NY and upon seeing the car in person, the Jag comparison made sense. The general.