1965 ALFA ROMEO 2600 SPIDER SUPERLEGGERA
COACHWORK BY TOURING
Chassis No. AR 193160
Red with tan leather interior
Engine: six cylinder twin-cam, 2,582cc, 165bhp at 5,900rpm; Gearbox: 5-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 noticeable however was the increased horsepower and performance from the much larger engine.
Although it is 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 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.
The car offered here was purchased by a California collector in 1990 who subsequently executed a comprehensive restoration. During that time the engine was removed for a complete rebuild. The process included new valves, front and rear seals, new bearings and new pistons. A new windshield was fitted and the suspension features new springs and shocks for a smoother, improved ride. The vendor has also rebuilt the master cylinder and calipers, refitted the interior with leather and replaced the plastic floor carpeting with wool, all of which nicely complement the stylish dashboard which is reported to feature all guages in working condition. The exterior was finished with red paint complementing the fresh exterior chrome. In addition the wheels were treated to a thorough powdercoating giving them greater durability. This 2600 Spider is a fine example of the excellent engineering and design demonstrated by Alfa Romeo and has been treated as such by the current vendor.