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1963 Alfa Romeo 2600 news, pictures, specifications, and information
Sold for $25,850 at 2007 RM Auctions
This 1963 Alfa Romeo 2600 Sprint was offered for sale at the 2007 RM Auctions in Amelia Island, Florida where it was estimated to fetch between $25,000-$35,000. It was offered without reserve. The car is powered by a 2584cc, dual overhead came, inline six-cylinder engine. It has three Solex 44PHH carburetors and capable of producing 145 horsepower. There is a five-speed manual gearbox and disc brakes in the front.
The Alfa Romeo 2600 was introduced in March of 1962 at the Geneva Motorshow. This car was a deviation from the previous four-cylinder Alfa Romeos. The car was offered in a few bodystyles that included a Spyder, four-door Berlina, and a four-passenger two-door Sprint.
The Sprint was designed by Giorgetto Giugiaro of Carrozzeria Bertone.
This example shown is finished in black with a red Connolly leather interior. In recent years, it has been residing in Europe where it has been a frequent entrant in road rallies and touring events. It has been treated to a comprehensive mechanical restoration.
At auction, the car was sold, fetching $25,850.By Daniel Vaughan | Mar 2007
Alfa Romeo is an Italian automobile manufacture founded in 1910 and has been a part of the Fiat Group since 1986. The company was originally known as A.L.F.A., which is an acronym for Anonima Lombarda Fabbrica Automobili (translated: Lombard Automobile Factory, Public Company). It became famous for its expensive and exotic motorcars and its successful racing vehicles.
In 1910 Romano Cattaneo was given the job of coming up with a badge for the new Milan-based, ALFA. At the Piazza Castello terminus in Milan, he gained inspiration from the great Visconti family's red cross and biscione (child devouring serpent) coat of arms emblazoned over the great door of Castello Sforzesco. With the help of Giuseppe Merosi, a designer, his sketches incorporated both the City of Milan's emblem and that of the Visconti family, bordered by a dark blue metallic ring containing the inscription 'ALFA - ROMEO' and 'Milano' separated by two Savoy knots. After the victory of the P2 in the inaugural Automobile World Championship in 1925, Alfa added a laurel wreath around the logo.
The 2600 series was named for the aluminum 2.6-liter six-cylinder twin-cam engine provided in these vehicles. Production of the Spider convertible with coachwork by Touring was 2,152. A five-speed transmission and 4-wheel disc brakes were featured. This 2600 was restored in Switzerland in 2001.
This luxury sedan was the top of the line and the last of the big Alfa Romeos. It featured a twin cam all-aluminum 6-cylinder engine, five-speed column shift transmission and power disc brakes. Approximately a dozen examples still exist. It took four cars and all remaining new parts from Italy to restored this car. The Limousine conversion was performed by Alfa Heaven.
Sold for $110,000 at 2014 RM Auctions
Sold for $115,500 at 2015 RM Auctions
The Alfa Romeo 2000 was an updated version of the venerable 1900, and the 2600 had origins that trace back to their earlier and memorable models. Unlike its younger siblings, the 2600 was given a double overhead-camshaft, six-cylinder engine, giving it a top speed of 125 mph. The engine resided in an engine compartment that was the same size as the four-cylinder 2000 and had been developed from the Giulietta engine, suggesting that the designers may have had a six-cylinder in mind for the model from the start.
The styling of the Alfa Romeo 2600 was Giulietta-derived, and was fitted with single-piece bumpers, built-in driving lights, an elongated hood, and a single air intake. The 2600 had four-wheel disc brakes and a five-speed gearbox. Bodystyles included an in-house styled berlina sedan, a Bertone-penned coupe, and a spider designed by Touring. The 2600 Spiders had occasional seats in the rear, a well-fitted top, and a list price of $5,295.
This 2600 Spider has been cosmetically restored by a previous owner in the late 2000s, which included a full repaint and the installation of a complete new interior and new chrome. Since that time, the car has seen very little use.
Recently, the car was pictured in a Flare
magazine photo shoot with actress Eva Mendes, and it was in the music video for Jesse McCartney's song 'Superbad.'By Daniel Vaughan | Jan 2015
The Alfa Romeo 2600 was introduced in March of 1962 at the Geneva Motorshow. The 2600 was the replacement for the 2000. The Sprint was a four-seater coupe, easily recognizable by the hood ducts, powered by a six-cylinder engine and based on the 2600 Spider and Saloon. A few of the bodies were outfitted by Italian coachbuilder Zagato and were sold as the 2600 SZ.
For the Spider and Sprint models, a 2584 cc straight six-cylinder, alloy dual overhead cam engine with triple carburetors was capable of producing 145 horsepower. The berlina models had 130 horsepower. Placed in the front and powering the rear wheels, it could propel from zero to sixty in 10.4 seconds and had a top speed of 125 mph. Disc brakes were placed on the front and drum brakes were in the rear. A five-speed manual gearbox was standard.
The Sprint series continued in production until 1966. Production of the 2600 continued until 1969. During its lifespan, 105 Sprint Zagatos, 54 De Luxe, 2,038 Berlina, 2,255 Spider, and 6,999 Sprint models were produced.
By Daniel Vaughan | Sep 2007
Debuting at the 1962 Geneva Motor Show, the classic 2600 series was introduced by Alfa Romeo. Replacing the popular 2000 series, the 2600 range was offered as a two-door Sprint coupe, a four-door Berlina sedan and an open Touring two-door Spider. Sprints were designed by Bertone and constructed by OSI, Spiders were designed and built by Touring of Milan and Berlinas were designed and built in-house by Alfa. Also called the Series 106, the 2600 Series was Alfa Romeo's six-cylinder flagship and was produced from 1961 through 1968.
A departure from the iron-block four-cylinders, which had been an industry standard with post-war Alfas, the 2600 used a new 2,584 cc aluminum inline-six cylinder engine with cast iron liners, a cross-flow head and hemispherical combustion chambers. The engine inside the Berlina was fitted with two Solex carburetors that produced 130 hp. The Sprints and Spiders featured three twin-choke horizontal carburetors and pumped out 145 hp. The Berlinas engine was mated to a column-shift manual while Sprints and Spiders featured a five-speed synchromesh floor unit. The OSI De Luxe was offered with the two-carb or the three-carb setup.
The Sprint and the Spider had a top speed of 124 mph, with the Berlina coming in slightly lower at 112 mph. Discs were eventually made standard all around, but early on the 2600 models had front Girling disc brakes and rear drums. Suspension came from front double A-arms with coil springs and a sway bar, along with a solid rear axle with longitudinal radius arms and coil springs.
The Sprint, Berlina and Spider were based on corresponding models in the 2000 range and all three models retained the previous body styles but with minor renovations.
In the marques history, Romeo Berlinas normally outsold most specialized sporting models from the same range, but in this instance the 2600 Berlina didn't outsell the 2600 Sprint and Spider. Many considered the Berlinas styling to not be very appealing and especially poor sales reflected this.
The styling of the Spider seemed to have been inspired by the Giulietta Spider, and though attractive enough, was not enough to win the hearts of the current automotive market. The Spider was constructed of steel instead of the standard aluminum and was technically considered a 2+2 roadster though the rear left much to be desired for an adult passenger.
The Sprint offered available leather seating, two-speed wipers, electric windows and a rear demister. The Sprint was met with much more favorable appeal then the other two models. A large grand touring coupe, there was plenty of room for four adults to comfortably enjoy a long road trip. The Sprint became the best seller of the 2600 range, possibly due to its fresh, modern styling and smooth handling. The design of the Sprint was Giorgetto Giugiaro's first large project as head designer for Carrozeria Bertone, and considered by many to be a great success.
Numerous 2600 Sprint models were bought by the Italian government and modified and specially equipped to be used as Police and Carabiniera patrol vehicles. These models were nicknamed 'Pantera' (panther) and 'Gazzella' (gazelle) and their speed made them a veritable force to be reckoned with when chasing offenders.
In 1965 at the Frankfurt Motor Show Alfa Romeo introduced the fastback coupe 2600 SZ (Sprint Zagato) with bodywork by Zagato, and the limited edition 2600 De five-window sedan Luxe with bodywork by OSI (Officine Stampaggi Industriali).
Though Alfa had expected much higher numbers, especially due to the excellence engine, total production of the Sprint was around 6,999 cars, and a total of 2,255 Spider models. Though the 2600 had plenty of power, the six-cylinder was heavy and cumbersome over the front wheels, which took away from the handling. Many didn't consider this range to be as sleek or elegant as previous Alfa models and sales were reflected accordingly. Poor sales could also be chalked up to higher prices for the 2600 models compared to other Alfa cars. Since the 2600 was basically a minor facelift from the 2000 range with a new engine, and the 2000 was a 1958 restyling of the 1950 1900, the 2600 was considered dated. Once the new Giulia appeared on the scene with brand new running gear, the 2600 was sadly forgotten.
In 1968 the much more sophisticated 1750 replaced the 2600 range. The 2600 Sprint and Spider are considered by many today to be a worthy classic collectibles. In comparison to other more successful Alfa Romeo models of the same era, the 2600's are quite rare. Owners need to carefully research their parts since they are either dedicated to the 2600 range or derive from even earlier Alfa models. Only 105 2600 SZ's were ever created and as such are extremely rare and are designated the most valuable model in the range. Very few of the 2600 Berlinas have survived since the discontinuation of the model.Sources:
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