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Auction: The Amelia Island Auction
was auctioned on: 8 March 2018
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1963 Alfa Romeo 2600 Spider Coachwork by Touring Chassis no. AR191503

Estimate: US$125,000 - US$175,000
Price realised:  US$110,880
Lot number 178, Views: 51

2,584cc DOHC Inline 6-Cylinder Engine 3 Weber Carburetors 145bhp at 5,400rpm 5-Speed Manual Transmission Front Independent Suspension – Live Rear Axle Girling Power Front Disc Brakes, rear drums *Recently freshened and serviced *Triple Weber upgrade *Great candidate for rallies, driving events, and shows *Powerful 2.6 Liter Six-cylinder engine with Elegant Touring coachwork THE ALFA ROMEO 2600 SPIDER Carrozzeria Touring and Bertone were responsible for the 2600 Spider and Sprint Coupé respectively. The big news for the 2600 was the engine - in place of the old, long-stroke, 2.0-liter four was a new, 2,584cc, all-aluminum twin-cam six-cylinder. A maximum output of 145bhp was claimed and when installed in the Sprint coupé and Spider, it was good for a top speed of around 125mph. Car 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.' Rarest of these two high-performance variants was the Spider, a total of only 2,255 being produced between 1962 and 1965. Today this rare and hitherto under-appreciated model is becoming increasingly sought after by discerning collectors. THE MOTORCAR OFFERED This car is finished in a very elegant and refined triple dark-blue color scheme. Restored some years ago by Hyannis Restoration, of Massachusetts, and used sparingly thereafter, it was purchased by the current owner from well-known dealer/enthusiast Bob Pass. Today the car presents very nicely, benefiting from a recent cosmetic freshening that included a re-spray in the original color done to high standards and smooth finish throughout. The body panels and gaps are very nice with all surfaces easily opened and closed including the doors, which have nice, crisp closures. The chrome is excellent, with a fresh and recently finished appearance. The lightly used but nicely broken in dark-blue leather upholstery and a period Becker radio complete the presentation and a correct new canvas soft top has been installed. The seller reports that this Alfa Romeo Touring spider is a pleasure to use, noting that its 2600 engine starts easily, settling into a smooth, effortless idle, on the road the synchromesh gearbox makes driving easy and 'civilized' with a beautiful sound which only becomes more sonorous as you accelerate. Assisting this, the car has received a top end overhaul and been given an upgrade from the stock Solex carburetors to three Weber units, revered for their ability to provide fine-tuned performance. (The originals accompany the car). A new stainless-steel exhaust has been fitted also. The work carried out in this ownership has totaled more than $15,000, for which bills and records are available. All the while the owner has continued enjoying and refining its drivability, accruing more than 3,300 miles in the last three years alone. Aside from the car's respray and mechanical upgrades, the car remains in its unmolested original state. As a true Italian thoroughbred capable of taking its lucky driver back in time to the "La Dolce Vita" of the 1960s, this marvelous 2600 Spider will certainly provide a feast for the senses, and with snug top, roll-up windows, disc brakes, and adequate trunk space, it could be a car to drive to a rally, in a rally and home again

Informations about the auction
Auction house: Bonhams London
Title: The Amelia Island Auction
Date of the auction: 8 Mar 2018
Address: Bonhams London
Fernandina Beach Golf Club Fernandina Beach Golf Club 3990 Amelia Island Parkway Fernandina Beach FL 32034 Tel: +1 212 461 6514 Fax : +1 212 644 9007 [email protected]