1965 ALFA ROMEO 2600 SPIDER SUPERLEGGERA
COACHWORK BY TOURING
Chassis No. AR191882
Red with black leather interior and a black convertible top
Engine: six cylinder twin-cam, 2,582cc, 165bhp 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 auxiliary 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 is a very original example of the spirited Italian sports cars. It appears to be in presentable overall condition. The exterior red paint shows some aging, however, it is still quite presentable. The engine bay and motor appear to be in original condition and would benefit from a detailing. The black leather interior also appears original, but it is possible that some restoration work was carried out some time ago. The black convertible top appears well fitted and in fair overall condition. The brightwork on the car is respectable and of similar condition to the overall presentation of the car. We understand that the car has been recently serviced and is in running condition, however, we would recommend a full inspection before committing the car to everyday road use. Finished in the classic combination of red with black leather, this Touring bodied Alfa 2600 exemplifies one of the great, economical and fun Italian cars of the 1960s.