Lot 363 - 1966 Alfa Romeo 2600 Sprint - Restoration Project
|Odometer reading||56,000 miles|
|Estimate||£8,000 - £10,000|
The Alfa Romeo 2600 (series 106) was Alfa Romeo´s six-cylinder flagship produced from 1961 to 1968. It has become historically significant as the last Alfa Romeo to have been fitted with an inline six-cylinder engine having twin overhead camshafts. That had been the traditional Alfa Romeo engine configuration since the 1920s, but gave way to four-cylinder engines as the factory oriented its production towards more economical mass-produced car models after the Second World War. The 2600 was introduced in the 1962 Geneva Motor Show and from a sales point of view the 2600 models were not a success despite deserved acclaim for that excellent engine. The flagship 2600 range was only a minor facelift of the 2000 range with a new engine, as this was all that the factory could do with the resources available. Since the 2000 itself had basically been a 1958 restyling of the 1900, this left the 2600 with running gear a dozen years old at introduction. The 2600 Sprint made more of an impression. It was a large, grand touring coupé which could seat four adults in comfort over long journeys at high speeds. As such, it did not suffer unfair comparisons to other models in the Alfa Romeo range; as none could be directly compared to it. In that mode of operation, oriented more towards fast touring than sporting driving, the agility and handling balance of the smaller Alfas mattered less, while the stability and smoother ride of the larger car, together with the wide power and torque band of the six-cylinder engine, came into their own. Added to the greater space and comfort, those virtues made a convincing case for the 2600 Sprint. The car also inherited the sharp, modern styling of its predecessor, the 2000 Sprint, and that certainly contributed to its being the top seller in the 2600 range. That shape had been the result of Giorgetto Giugiaro's first major project as head designer for Carrozeria Bertone, and is arguably one of the most influential designs in the history of automotive styling.
This particular Alfa Romeo 2600 Sprint has been dry stored for a number of years and requires re-commissioning. At first glance, everything appears to be with the car and whilst there is some corrosion on the bodywork, the main panels appear to be sound. The boot floor pan shows no real sign of corrosion and the vendor sensibly, prior to storing the Alfa, removed the carpets from the interior. Registered from new to Mr N. Harris of Leuchars, St. Andrews, in November 1966, he retained the car until July 2005. After owning the Alfa for nearly 40 years, he sold the car to Mr. D. Wells of Suffolk and he remains only the second owner on the V5 Registration document. Finished in Aubergine with a cream leather interior, this could represent a light project over the winter months.
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