Monterey | Lot 106
1963 Alfa Romeo 2600 Spider by Touring
$110,000 USD | Sold
| Monterey, California
15 August 2014
- The biggest, fastest member of the Giulietta family
- One of only 2,255 built from 1962 to 1965
- Expensive when new and seldom seen in the U.S.
- Excellent rust-free original car; recently restored
145 hp, 2,584 cc DOHC six-cylinder engine, five-speed manual transmission, independent front suspension with unequal A-arms, coil springs, and an anti-roll bar, live rear axle with coil springs and lower trailing arms, with upper triangulated arms to the differential, and four-wheel hydraulic disc brakes. Wheelbase: 98.4 in.
The Alfa Romeo 2600 could trace its origins back to the earlier 2000, which was itself a 1958 update of the venerable 1900. However, the 2600 had something that the earlier models lacked, specifically a double overhead-camshaft, six-cylinder engine, which gave it smoothness, flexibility, and a top speed of 125 mph. This engine fit neatly into the same engine compartment as the four-cylinder 2000, and it had been developed from the Giulietta engine, suggesting that its designers had a six-cylinder in mind for the model from the start. Its styling was also Giulietta-derived, as it had the addition of single-piece bumpers, built-in driving lights, and a single air intake atop the elongated hood.
The 2600 was fitted with a smooth five-speed gearbox and also featured four-wheel disc brakes, which was a first for street Alfa Romeos. It was available as a sharp-edged berlina sedan, which was styled in-house; a Bertone-penned coupe, which was one of Giugiaro’s first designs; and the handsome spider by Touring. In comparison to the smaller Giulietta and then Giulia, the 2600 was a high-speed cruiser, or grand routiere, suitable for a quick run down to the south of France for a weekend.
In addition to excellent brakes, the 2600 Spiders also had occasional seats in the rear, a well-fitted top, and superior interior details, as befitted a model which cost almost double the price of a Giulia Spider, at a list price of $5,295 at introduction.
The 2600 Spider offered today is described as an excellent example with a rust-free and very straight body. It was cosmetically restored by a previous owner approximately five years ago, which included such work as a full repaint and the installation of a complete new interior and new chrome. The Alfa had seen little use since that time, and a recent exhaustive detailing has brought it up to a high 90-point level. More recently, a new set of correct tires and a new exhaust system were installed, and the car was also fully serviced.
Recently, this attractive Spider was pictured in a Flare magazine photo shoot with actress Eva Mendes, and it was also prominently featured in the music video for Jesse McCartney’s hit song “Superbad.”
The engine compartment is dominated by the gleaming alloy DOHC engine, and it will undoubtedly leave dedicated Alfisti wishing for two more cylinders, especially after they hear the musical exhaust note.