1966 Alfa Romeo 2600 Sprint Coupé
|Odometer reading||65,100 miles|
- Five speed gearbox
- Six-cylinder engine
The Alfa Romeo 2600 (series 106) was Alfa Romeo´s six-cylinder flagship and 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. This had been the traditional Alfa Romeo engine configuration since the 1920's, 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 at the 1962 Geneva Motor Show and, from a sales point of view, the 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 the factory could do with the resources available. Since the 2000 itself had basically been a 1958 restyling of the 1900, it 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; none of which could be directly compared to it. In that mode of operation, oriented more towards fast touring rather than sporting driving, the agility and handling balance of the smaller Alfa's 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 pretty Italian Coupé is presented in red with cream leather interior and comes with its handbooks and workshop manual. There is a full condition report on the car which was carried out by Peter Smart Classic Alfas dated 14th December 2017 which can be seen on file. This company also carried out some recommissioning and servicing at a cost of £4,100.
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