1960 Alfa Romeo 2000

Summary

  • Year of manufacture 
    1960
  • Mileage 
    42 769 mi / 68 831 km
  • Car type 
    Other
  • Chassis number 
    AR1020401416
  • Engine number 
    AR00204
  • Lot number 
    458
  • Drive 
    LHD
  • Condition 
    Used
  • Exterior brand colour 
    Red
  • Location
  • Exterior colour 
    Other
  • Gearbox 
    Manual

Description

Succeeding the outgoing 1900, the 2000was introduced at the Turin Motor Show in 1957In 1958, it wasoffered as either a Berlinasaloonor the delicious Touring-bodied Spider#AR1020401416 was originally shipped to New York in 1960 andwas purchased by itscurrent custodian in 2015 from a collector in MadridIt hasrecently benefitted from acomplete engine and steering box overhaul and will be fully serviced and carefully detailed prior to the saleSupplied with its Certificate of Originality and a fresh MOTSuperbly presented, this little Alfa is a true 1950s coachbuilt Italian rarityAlthough Alfa Romeo returned to building carsfairly quickly after World War II, it was not until 1950 that a new design became available. This was the '1900', a unit constructionsaloonwith a twin overhead cam 1,884cc four-cylinder engine. It was the first Alfa built on a real production line all previous cars had been largely hand-built and also, surprisingly, the first with left-hand drive. Until 1950, Alfa production had hovered around 400 units annually with the pre-war designs not finding favour after the end of hostilities with peace and prosperity on the horizon. With the arrival of the distinctly modern 1900, this increased almost tenfold. A 1900C Sprint Coup was introduced with bodywork by Touring and a Spider cabriolet, penned byPinin Farina, followed shortly afterwards.In 1958, Alfa came out with a new saloon powered by a larger 1,975cc engine, not surprisingly badged the '2000'. A Spider followed almost immediately, to widespread admiration for its staggeringly beautiful lines, from the drawing boards at Touring, and Bertone also sharpened their pencils with the delightful2000 Sprint Coupintroduced in 1960. Spider and Sprint production comprised nearly half of all 2000 sales 3,443 examples of the Spider were produced, and 700 of the more expensive Sprint Coupe. The 2000 saloon was fitted with an unpopular column-mounted gear change (this was Italy after all) but the status quo returned for the Spider and Coup with a more sporty 'five on the floor'.Built between 1958 and 1962, the 2000 Spider was far rarer than its Junior counterpart, the Giulietta Spider (of which about 17,000 were produced), and at $5,365, its price was much greater than that of the smaller car. The 1,975cc four-cylinder engine, with duplex-chain driven, twin overhead camshafts, hemispherical combustion chambers, and a pair of side-draughtSolex carburettors, was tuned to deliver 131 bhp, allowing the Touring-bodied roadster to easily exceed 100 mph. Its fully-synchronized five-speed transmission allowed fairly relaxed high-speed touring, and the large Alfin drum brakes were very effective for their dayManufactured on 7thMarch 1960, this glorious Alfa was dispatched to the Hoffman Motor Co. in New York on 25thJuly 1960 eventually finding its way to Spainin later years. It was discovered in 2010 being the quintessential barn find, in a very sorry state and in serious need of some tender loving care. Discoveredby the present custodian in 2016 afterquite a period of searching for this piece of Alfa exclusivity, the Spider although having being partially restored still required completion and so with that in mindRichard Hodson of RH Classics, Twyford, Leicestershire was dispatched to Madridto view and inspect the vehicle and, after carrying out the required due diligence, it subsequently arrived in the UK. Various works wererequired to bring it up to the new owner's fastidious levels, not least of which was a complete engine rebuild including the replacement of the incorrect carburettors that had found their way into the engine bay.The engine block was rebored, new main and big-end bearings fitted, together with a reground and balanced crank, crank seals, timing chain and all other ancillaries as required, with RH Classics going that extra mile to ensure that all parts sourced were genuine original items topreserve the integrity and originality of this rare beauty. More recently, the matching numbers Alfa Romeo (verified by the Alfa Romeo Owners Club), has also had a complete brake overhaul, new Torrino stainless wire wheels fitted with new tyres, of course, plus a general service and MOT have been carried out in readiness for our sale. Now beautifully presented once again, this piece of automotive art hasthe combination of low production, a Touring body, and great driving dynamics to ensure that it remainsa highly sought-after choice for Alfa Romeo lovers today.You can now book a one-to-one appointment (up to one hour) to view this lot at our central location Monday to Friday between Thursday 29thOctober - 12thNovember. Please contact Charleson 07421 007866/ [email protected] secure your appointment or to discuss the car in more detail.The health and safety of both our customers and team remainthe utmost priority, we are therefore operating to strict COVID-19 guidelines and full instructions for arrival and inspection protocols will be given when making your appointment.1960 Alfa Romeo 2000 Spider by Touringhttps://youtu.be/MATVD89Tf2kfalse