1964 Alfa Romeo 2600
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Classic Car Overview
- One of 2,255 2600 Spiders produced between 1962 and 1965
- Powered by a 2.6-liter, all-aluminum, double overhead-cam, inline-six producing 145 hp
- Presented in stunning red over black bucket seat upholstery with red piping and tan cloth convertible soft top
- Complemented by disc brakes and rare factory hardtop
- Rides on painted 15-inch vented steel wheels with chrome Alfa Romeo-branded hubcaps, wrapped in period-appropriate Michelin 400 tires
First introduced at the 1962 Geneva Motor Show, the new 2600 replaced the earlier 2000 series as the luxuriously exclusive flagship model of Alfa Romeo. The new line was offered in three distinct body styles: the Belina sedan, the Sprint coupe, and the rarest and most coveted of all, the drop-top Spider. Carrozzeria Touring hand-built the body, which was conceived with long, grand touring drives in mind.
Styling was Giulietta-derived, with the 2600 adding single-piece bumpers, built-in driving lights, and a single air intake perched near the front of the elongated hood. The luxurious convertible was now presented in two-plus-two configuration with a small rear seat. This opened more room for the driver and passenger in the opulently appointed cabin as well as adding additional luggage space to the already roomy trunk.
While the body received wonderful additions, the real change was found under the hood. Alfa Romeo debuted a brand new 2.6-liter, all-aluminum, inline-six engine featuring a double-overhead-camshaft configuration. The Spiders engine was fed by a trio of twin-choke, horizontally mounted Solex carburetors which helped it produce 145 horsepower. The engine particularly excels at low revolutions, with plenty of smooth pulling power as the torque builds.
At top speed, the Alfa Romeo 2600 Spider was said to be capable of 124 miles per hour, on par with some of its top-of-the-line contemporaries, the Mercedes-Benz 230 SL and Lancia Flaminia Spider. A fully synchronized, five-speed transmission transfers the power to the rear and provides the wonderfully dynamic driving experience for which Alfa Romeos are famous. Sadly, this would be the last of Alfa Romeos dual-overhead-camshaft inline-six-cylinders, marking the end of an era for a company gained international renown in part for these wonderful engines.
Built in 1964, this well-sorted Alfa Romeo 2600 Spider wears an older restoration in stunning red over black bucket seat interior upholstery and rides on signature vented steel wheels wearing period-correct, Michelin 400-series blackwall tubed tires. A newer rear seat cover complements a newer carpet and door panels with polished hardware.
During the restoration, the all-aluminum, inline-six engine was said to have been subjected to a full rebuild. The engine is reported to start quickly and perform excellently at speed. Professionally Jet-Hot-coated exhaust headers keep the heat moving down the exhaust while contributing to the tidily presented engine bay.
Outside, the bumpers are said to have recently been re-chromed, along with the headlight rings and front grille. The car is accompanied by both a tan cloth convertible soft top and factory color-matched hardtop. The hardtop is said to have been professionally restored with new weatherstripping and glass rear windshield, and it is paired with a storage stand with wheels for easy movement.
A beautiful example of Alfa Romeos most luxurious flagship convertible for 1964, this stunning 2600 Spider stands ready to impress its next caretaker with spirited drives and turned heads. To view this car and others currently consigned to this auction, please visit the RM website at rmsothebys.com/en/auctions/gp22.
- Classic Car ID101751317
- Stock Number1244795
- CategoryImport Classics
- Body StyleN/A
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