1962 Alfa Romeo 2600
Year of manufacture1962
1962 Alfa Romeo 2600 Sprint Coupé
Coachwork by Carrozzeria Bertone
Chassis no. AR820277
Introduced in 1962, Alfa Romeo's 106-Series 2600 range was a direct replacement for the preceding 102-Series 2000 cars. The latter's chassis design and body styles were retained, with minor revisions and improvements, but in place of the old, long-stroke, 2.0-litre, four-cylinder engine was a new, 2,584cc, twin-cam six clearly descended from the immensely successful Giulietta. A maximum output of 145bhp was claimed for this unit when installed in the Sprint Coupé and Spider, good enough for a top speed of around 200km/h, and Cars Illustrated magazine reckoned this magnificent power unit "one of the smoothest, quietest running sixes, irrespective of the speed at which it is running, in our experience". Carrozzerias Touring and Bertone were responsible for the 2600 Spider and Sprint Coupé respectively; both of which looked like their 2000 predecessors.
Raced by both the works and privateers, the 2600 Sprint achieved class wins in the 24 Heures du Spa, Tour de France, Nürburgring 12 Hours, Monza 4 Hours and other rounds of the European Touring Car Championship. During the same period it was also extensively hill-climbed and rallied, proving to be a powerful and reliable all-rounder. A total of approximately 2,255 Spiders and 6,999 Sprint Coupés were produced between 1962 and 1966, and today these rare and hitherto under-appreciated models are becoming increasingly sought after by discerning collectors.
Off the road for 20 years, this splendid Alfa Romeo 2600 Sprint is presented in stunning condition, with no rust at all according to the vendor. The Alfa was extensively restored in 2011, with the engine, clutch, transmission, carburettors, brakes, and electrical ancillaries all receiving attention, while the bodywork and original wheels were repainted. Upgrades include 123 electronic ignition and Spax adjustable gas shock absorbers. Other noteworthy features include a new water pump; new heater valve and hoses; new door rubbers; halogen bulbs in original Carello headlamps; and re-upholstered seats in an otherwise original leather interior equipped with two dashboard-mounted chronometers.
Driven to numerous rallies, the Sprint is said to be exceptionally silent and comfortable, and a great pleasure to drive on long-distance excursions. Offered with restoration invoices, instruction manuals, and Belgian Carte Grise, this beautiful Alfa Romeo is only offered for sale because of the vendor's advancing years and the demands of the many other cars in his collection. A spare set of five original wheels and Michelin X tyres is included in the sale.