The great Italian coachbuilder Carrozzeria Touring Superleggera celebrates its 90th anniversary in 2016 and this is its birthday present to itself. As presents go, it’s quite a good one.

The Alfa Romeo Disco Volante Spider is based on the 2012 coupe of the same name. And it’s a comprehensive job, with large buttresses behind the seats and a two-part carbonfibre roof that weighs just 3.5kg. The panels store in the surprisingly generous boot with the bespoke luggage set.

But enough of such boring practicalities. It is, we think you’ll agree, absolutely stunning. This is a car that will stop traffic and be swamped by onlookers every time it stops. The styling is inspired by the revolutionary Alfa Romeo C52 concept car of 1952, otherwise known as the Disco Volante (Italian for ‘flying saucer’). You can see why here.

As with the coupe, the Disco Volante Spyder uses the carbonfibre chassis and 4.7-litre Maserati V8 as the Alfa Romeo 8C. Touring hasn’t released any power figures – that would be far too vulgar – but there are unlikely to be different from the 444bhp and 347lb/ft of torque of the 8C.

Many coats of mile-deep Blu Ceruleo (sky blue) paint finish off the the bodywork, while the interior is upholstered in finest beige/black Connolly leather.

According to Touring’s Head of Design, Louis de Fabribeckers, said: “We did not want to compromise the pleasure of driving open top. The car is designed as if there was no roof at all.”

Only a very few will get to find if the Disco Volante Spyder does create that effect, as just seven examples will be built. Touring hasn’t been so crass as to reveal how much it costs, but reckon on at least half a million euros plus the donor car.

Incidentally, so many one-off and limited run cars have been created on the 8C chassis, only 1,000 of which exist, that we’re wondering if standard cars are becoming hard to come by…

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By Only Motors