1965 Alfa Romeo 2600

Sprint Zagato

Summary

  • Year of manufacture 
    1965
  • Car type 
    Coupé
  • Chassis number 
    AR 856030
  • Lot number 
    524
  • Drive 
    LHD
  • Condition 
    Restored
  • Interior colour 
    Black
  • Number of doors 
    2
  • Number of seats 
    2
  • Location
  • Exterior colour 
    Red
  • Gearbox 
    Manual
  • Drivetrain 
    2wd
  • Fuel type 
    Petrol

Description

French registration
Chassis # 856030 AR

- Extremely rare and desirable model
- Flagship of a great coachbuilder
- Incredible "barn find"
- Extensive restoration of a very high level

In the late 1950s, Alfa Romeo added a luxury saloon to their range, the 2000 Berlina, with coupe and convertible versions also available. In 1962, this range received a bigger capacity 2.6-litre in-line engine to offer performance commensurate with the standards of a flagship model. In addition to the factory standard saloon body style, Alfa Romeo proposed a special version between 1965 and 1967: the Sprint Zagato coupe. It not only enjoyed a few more horsepower (165bhp), but it also had a sportier shape, which was really stylish. Particularly exclusive and expensive, just 105 units were produced of this version, the model represented the end of the Alfa Romeo flagship model range that could be tailored to the requirements of a wealthy, sporting clientele.
According to the Alfa Romeo factory archives, this 2600 SZ we offer, left the factory on the 30th of November 1965 and was delivered new on the 2nd of December in Brussels, Belgium. White with black leather interior, the history of this car is rather fragmented till 1976, when it was owned by Yvonne Meulders, in Belgium, although it is not known how long he had had the car for. In 1982, a Mr. José Culot, based in Belgium, sold the car to a Mr. R. who stored it in a lock-up and left it untouched. In 2013, the current owner, a longtime Alfisti opened up the garage with Mr. R. … and discovered this sleeping beauty! There were certainly signs of its age, but it was complete with all accessories, and the mechanicals and interior were still in a very presentable condition.
Since then, the car has had a full restoration, without any consideration of cost, with the complete removal of the body, sanding, restoration of the damaged parts, remanufacturing of damaged panels, sheet metal rework and finish, the underbody resealed and retouching of the still original white paint.
The mechanical elements have also been taken care of, specifically with the engine: adjustment and balancing of the crankshaft and flywheel, cylinder head skimmed, replacing of segments (pistons/sleeves were in very good condition), adjustment of the moving parts, overhaul of the valve gear, replacement of all hoses, renovation of oil and water pumps, overhaul of the carburettors, ignition, review of the water, oil and heating supply, starter/alternator. The clutch was replaced and the gearbox has undergone a complete refurbishment too with replacement of synchromesh and bearings. The rear axle has been given the same attention, as well as the brakes and suspension, with replacement of all parts that showed wear or tear.
Accessories of the body in poor condition were replaced, as well as the seals, and defective or poor details of the interior have also been replaced. In the passenger compartment, however, the car was very well preserved so that the skaï upholstery has been preserved.
On this car, absolutely nothing was left to chance and the result is amazing. The condition is beautiful and mechanicals run like new, a Cinderella is out of its box. It just needs a Prince Charming to make its heart beat faster, to take it on the road and to thrill to the sound of the last in-line six-cylinder engine from Alfa Romeo. In this very rare 2600 Sprint Zagato configuration, the car offers the sporty character that is lacking in the other versions, and the car will be sold with its rare Uso e Manutenzione .