The Alfa Romeo Nuvola: a 1996 prototype that was an attempt to fuse coachbuilding with modern processes.
Underneath the striking metallic sky blue and the curves reminiscing past glories, such as the 8C 2900, the 6C 2500 “Villa D’Este” or the Giulietta Sprint Speciale, lies a modular space frame steel chassis.
That meant that the same platform could theoretically accommodate any type of body style, as the original coachbuilders used to do.
The name is rather fitting too: it means “cloud” in Italian, and whilst it is an obvious homage to Nuvolari, it is also significant because of how a cloud can easily change shape and color. The headlights are a hint as well, given that they resemble drops moving at speed.
What is also very interesting is that the development of the Nuvola from concept to finished product took only 5 months.
The interior was created by using existing componentry which was organized on the computer and then directly moved to the modelling. @walter_desilva
and his team, despite the tight deadline, truly enjoyed working on this open-ended project.
The key to this achievement was that, to begin with, they were all Alfa Romeo enthusiast.
Unfortunately the Nuvola remained just a prototype, however at least it marked the beginning of a new generation of Alfa Romeo's. 🆖
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