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 Alfa Romeo 2600 Touring Spider was delivered and sold new to California USA in 1964, and imported back into Europe via The Netherlands around 20 years ago. During this time the car has remained with the third owner from new. As one would expect with a low mileage car having spent much of its early life in California, the Spider is very solid and original with excellent panel gaps. The interior is finished in black leather with a matching black cloth soft-top.
Described to be in perfect running and driving condition, this 2600 was subject to a mechanical rebuild 7 years ago, and 3 years ago benefited from a rebuild to the “Solex” carburettors. A wonderful Italian Spider which we are sure will offer the next owner much enjoyment.