Introduced in 1962, the 106-Series ‘2600’ range was a direct replacement for the preceding 102-Series ‘2000’ cars. Carrozzeria Touring and Bertone were responsible for the 2600 Spider and Sprint Coupé respectively; both of which looked like their 2000 predecessors. The latter’s chassis design and body styles were retained, with minor revisions and improvements, but in place of the old, long-stroke, 2.0-litre four was a new, 2,584cc, twin-cam six-cylinder engine clearly descended from that of the immensely successful Giulietta.
A maximum output of 145bhp was claimed for this unit when installed in the Sprint coupé and Spider, good enough for a top speed of around 125mph. Cars Illustrated magazine reckoned this magnificent power unit ‘one of the smoothest, quietest running sixes, irrespective of the speed at which it is running, in our experience.’ Rarest of these two high-performance variants was the Spider, a total of only 2,255 being produced between 1962 and 1965. Today this rare and hitherto under-appreciated model is becoming increasingly sought after by discerning Alfisti.
This early Alfa Romeo 2600 Spider has been comprehensively restored in 2016. Its mechanics were overhauled in many areas including both axles, brake system, engine, gearbox, carburettors and more. The cars body has received a respray in its original colour of light ivory, the wonderfully original and lightly patinated black interior has been left untouched.
The car furthermore comes with Dutch registration papers and clean TÜV report from 30.06.2016, enabling the car to be registered in Germany as a historic vehicle.
Described by its vendor to be in excellent condition in all respects, this beautiful big Alfa Romeo Spider is sensibly reserved and not to be missed.