Lot 238 - 1964 Alfa Romeo 2600 Spyder
|Chassis Number||AR 192386|
|Engine Number||AR 00601*05311|
|Odometer reading||48,000 miles|
|Estimate||£24,000 - £30,000|
|Result||Sold - £23,520|
The Alfa Romeo 2600 designated 106 series was Alfa Romeo´s six-cylinder flagship produced from 1962 to 1968. It was the successor to the Alfa Romeo 2000 and has become historically significant as the last Alfa Romeo to have been fitted with an inline six-cylinder engine having twin overhead camshafts which had been the traditional Alfa Romeo engine configuration since the 1920's. The Alfa Romeo 2600 models were first introduced in 1962 in Berlinetta (saloon), Sprint (coupé) and the Spider (convertible) forms. Alfa Romeo only produced 2255 of the 2600 Spiders between 1962 and 1965. Even rarer are the righthand drive models manufactured in 1964; one of which is offered here today. With elegant coachwork by Carrozzeria Touring of Milan, the spider body and chassis were those of the earlier 102 series, the 2000 spider, with only minor changes. The addition of a full width bonnet scoop together with distinctive headlight positioning creates 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.
This numbers correct 2600 Spider was supplied new in 1964 to the Alfa Romeo dealer in County Antrim, Northern Ireland who converted it to righthand drive. The car was then sold in 1967 to Mr. Parsons of Holywood, County Down who kept the car until 1974 before selling it on to a gentleman in Belfast. The third owner, Mr O'Leary of Lisburn, County Antrim, kept the car for ten years before selling the car again in 1986. The current owner purchased this Alfa from the fourth owner approximately 16 years ago and, shortly after, had the car repainted in the original colour and to a very high standard. Finished in red with black interior and black roof, this 2600 Spider has, in the last twelve months, had the engine removed and rebuilt, replacing the shell bearing, piston rings and timing chain. The aluminium cylinder head was sent to an Alfa specialist who overhauled it, and while replacing the engine all the hose's were checked and renewed as necessary. The brake servo unit, brake master cylinder and the brake wheel cylinders have also been removed and overhauled. The car has always been fully maintained by the vendor's in-house mechanic resulting in a car which starts easily and idles smoothly with excellent oil pressure and correct water temperature. This splendid spider is supplied with a Northern Ireland registration document, an MoT test certificate which expires in August 2013 and an original 'Buff' log book. The view over the long classic bonnet is inspiring and awaits the lucky new owner.
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