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Lot 239: Alfa Romeo 2600 Spider

Classic Car Auction, Historics at Brooklands (19 July 2011)

The Alfa Romeo 2600 models, designated 106 series, were first introduced in 1962 in Berlina (saloon), Sprint (coupe) and Spider (convertible) forms. Alfa Romeo only produced 2255 106 series 2600 Spiders between 1962 and 1965.

With elegant coachwork by Carrozzeria Touring of Milan, the spider body and chassis were those of the earlier 102 series 2000 spider with only minor changes to the body. The addition of a full width bonnet scoop together with distinctive headlight positioning, create a more formidable appearance than the earlier model. Designated a 2+2, the rear seats can be described as occasional, however, long distance high speed cruising was achieved in comfort for two people.

The most significant change was mechanical with the addition of two cylinders and an increased capacity from the 1975cc to 2584cc. The straight in line six twin overhead camshaft engine is fed by triple Solex carburettors giving an advertised 145 hp. Against its sisters, the 2600 Berlina and Sprint, the Spider is the lightest of these production models, has the easiest steering and somewhat better acceleration. Coupled to a five speed gearbox, superb ride quality and directional stability, the 2600 Spider is primarily a high speed touring machine.

Manufactured in 1964 and imported in 1965 by the Alfa Romeo Conncessionaires, Thompson and Taylors, this particular car on offer was converted to right hand drive and first registered on the 6th January 1966; the right hand drive conversion is believed to be carried out by Ruddspeed whilst at the Alfa Romeo in London.

The previous owner, a Mr Neville Pearson, acquired the Alfa in 2003 whereupon he began a loving three year sympathetic restoration process within the family's workshop; a photographic record of this process accompanies the car. The coachwork is finished in red and is complimented by a cream leather interior. The soft top hood is in excellent condition, operates well and folds down below the body line. The rear seat back incorporates the hood bag, so whilst the soft top is folded down the hood assembly is neatly hidden.

Accompanying the vehicle is a photographic record of restoration, a CD parts manual, an 'Alfa Romeo 2600 Instruction Book', a 'Technical Characteristics and Principle Inspection Specifications' book and an 'Engine and Transmission Manual'. The car was also recently awarded 'Best Modern Classic' at the Mendip Vintage and Classic Tour.

The view over the long classic bonnet is inspiring so with an MOT test certificate and road tax until the end of September this Alfa Romeo awaits a lucky new owner who may enjoy that view on the road straight away.

Lot Details
Auction Classic Car Auction
Historics at Brooklands, Brooklands
TypeCar
Lot Number239
Estimate£28000-£35000
Outcome SOLD
Hammer Price£31360
Hammer Price (inc premium)-
Year1964
Condition rating0
Registration numberHOK986D
Mileage-
Chassis numberAR 192537
Engine numberAR 00601*00464
Engine capacity (cc)
Engine - cylinders
Number of doors