1952 Alfa Romeo Disco Volante Spider 1900

This car has a 2 door roadster body style designed by Touring with a front positioned engine delivering its power to the rear wheels. The power is produced by a dry sumped naturally aspirated engine of 2 litre capacity. This unit features double overhead camshaft valve gear, 4 cylinder layout, and 2 valves per cylinder. It has an output of 158 bhp (160 PS/118 kW) of power at 6500 rpm. Lubrication is of the dry sump-type. The engine powers the wheels by means of a 4 speed manual gearbox. The quoted kerb weight is 735 kg. The Alfa Romeo Disco Volante Spider 1900 is claimed to attain a top speed of 225 km/h or 140 mph.


Key facts

1952 Alfa Romeo Disco Volante Spider 1900 information summary

What body style?
2 door roadster with 2 seats
How long?
3920 mm
How heavy?
735 kg
What size engine?
2 litre, 1997 cm3
How many cylinders?
4, Straight
How much power?
160 PS / 158 bhp / 118 kW @ 6500 rpm
How much torque?
How fast?
225 km/h, 140 mph
1952 Alfa Romeo Disco Volante Spider 1900 data
Body type2 seater roadster
Number of doors2
dimensions & weights
Wheelbase 2220 87.4
Track/tread (front) 1230 48.4
Track/tread (rear) 1200 47.2
Length 3920 154.3
Width 1730 68.1
Height 1040 40.9
Ground clearance
length:wheelbase ratio 1.77
Kerb weight 735 kg 1620
Weight distribution
fuel tank capacity
Drag coefficient
Frontal area
engine type naturally aspirated petrol
Engine manufacturer Alfa Romeo
Engine code
Cylinders Straight 4
Capacity 2 litre
1997 cc
(121.864 cu in)
Bore × Stroke 85 × 88 mm
3.35 × 3.46 in
Bore/stroke ratio 0.97
Valve gear double overhead camshaft (DOHC)
2 valves per cylinder
8 valves in total
maximum power output 160 PS (158 bhp) (118 kW)
at 6500 rpm
Specific output 79.1 bhp/litre
1.3 bhp/cu in
maximum torque
Specific torque
Engine construction light alloy block
sump dry sumped
compression ratio 8.73:1
Fuel system 2 We carbs
bmep (brake mean effective pressure)
Maximum RPM
crankshaft bearings
Engine coolant Water
Unitary capacity 499.25 cc
Aspiration Normal
Compressor N/A
Intercooler None
Catalytic converter N
Acceleration 0-80km/h (50mph)
Acceleration 0-60mph
Acceleration 0-100km/h
Acceleration 0-160km/h (100mph)
Standing quarter-mile
Standing kilometre
Maximum speed 225 km/h (140 mph)
Power-to-weight ratio 217.95 PS/tonne (1000 kg)
160.3 kW/tonne (1000 kg)
214.97 bhp/tonne (1000 kg)
0.1 bhp/lb
Weight-to-power ratio 6.24 kg/kW
10.42 lb/bhp
fuel consumption
Fuel consumption
universal consumption (calculated from the above)
Carbon dioxide emissions
Carfolio Calculated CO2 ?
VED band (UK)
CO2 Effizienz (DE)
Engine position front
Engine layout longitudinal
Drive wheels rear wheel drive  
Torque split N/A
turns lock-to-lock
Turning circle
Front suspension I.CS.
Rear suspension LA.LongArm.CS.
Wheel size front
Wheel size rear
Tyres front 6.00 x 16
Tyres rear 6.00 x 16
Brakes F/R Dr/Dr
Front brake diameter
Rear brake diameter
Braked area
Gearbox 4
Top gear ratio 1
Final drive ratio
Carfolio.com ID52800
Production total 2
Model code
Model family
RAC rating 17.9
Insurance classification No information available
Tax band No information available
1952 Alfa Romeo Disco Volante Spider 1900 added before December 1995.
Last modified 2013-02-28.