1963 ALFA ROMEO 2600 SPIDER BY TOURING SUPERLEGGERA
Chassis No. JGM 2493 CM
White with red leather interior.
Engine: six cylinder twin-cam, 2,582cc, 165hp at 5,900rpm; Gearbox: five speed manual; Suspension: front, double A-arm, sway bar, rear, solid axle with longitudinal radius arms; Brakes; front disc, rear drum. Left hand drive.
Bodied by renowned Italian coachbuilder, Touring, known for creating some of the most exquisite early Ferrari and later Maserati designs -- the Alfa Romeo 2600 Spider closely resembled the Vignale-bodied 3500 Maserati roadster. The 2600 was introduced in late 1962 and although similar to the 2000 series in design it offered a different grille, bonnet, windscreen and body trim. On the Sprint and Spider as on offer here the car had a horizontal air scoop at the front of the bonnet and for 1963 huge auxillary lights were fitted below the headlamps. Most noticable however was the increased horsepower and performance from the much larger engine.
Although it's a fine line to cross for an Alfa Romeo, the 2600 was more of a sports tourer at heart than an out and out sports car. The Spider cockpit was an enticement to sports car enthusiasts with an eye-catching instrument cluster beautifully executed in the classic Italian tradition with large, round gauges behind a stylish steering wheel. Classified as a 2+2, the rear seating was there only in case you needed it, since legroom was all but non-existent. Lighter than the Sprint Coupe, the Spider had quicker steering and somewhat better acceleration. Only 2,255 Spiders were built between 1962 and 1965, and more were imported to the United States than any other model of the series.
This little sports tourer is believed to be a very complete car. It has a red leather interior which has a nice patina as one would expect from a car of this year. Mechanically, the present owner is very pleased with how the car runs and handles though he has used it sparingly. The body, cosmetically, appears to be quite sound and the paint presentable. This convertible with hardtop is a well maintained sports car that is ideal for an enthusiast.