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Auction: The Scottsdale Auction
was auctioned on: 18 January 2018
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1963 Alfa Romeo 2600 SPIDER Coachwork by Touring Chassis no. AR192672 Engine no. AR00601*06439

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Estimate: US$0
Price realised:  US$125,000
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2,584cc DOHC Inline 6-Cylinder Engine 3 Webber Carburetors 145bhp at 5,400rpm 5-Speed Manual Transmission Front Independent Suspension – Live Rear Axle 4-Wheel Girling Power Disc Brakes *3 registered owner California car from new *With the current owner for 23 years *Great candidate for rallies, driving events, and shows *Extensive and impressive list of awards *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-litre 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. 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.' 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 pristine three owner Touring bodied 2600 was sold new at the Carl Block Alfa Romeo dealership of Oakland, California. Being one of the last 500 examples built, it is what some refer to a "Super Touring" model, which were equipped with 4-wheel power disk brakes. When new, the cars price was around $6,000, which made it slightly more expensive than the "E" model Jaguars of the day. The cars' first owner was Lake Merritt, California resident, Eric De Reynier. Mr. De Reynier was known for taking his Super Touring on bi-annual trips to Mexico. After about a decade of ownership, Mr. De Reynier sold the car to its second owner and fellow Oakland, California resident, James Brian Cooper. Mr. Cooper would lovingly care for the alfa for the next 20 years. The third and current registered owner, Robert C. Yeager, also happens to be a fellow Lake Merritt, California resident. Thus for most of its life the car has lived less than 3 miles from where it was originally sold! Shortly before Mr. Yeager acquired the car in 1996, a bare-metal, two-stage acrylic respray was performed by Santa Rosa, California master painter Larry Franc - a finish that remains dazzling today. Photos of the process are included in the cars extensive history file. Over the years the car has been rigorously maintained and has received several desirable upgrades. These include the addition of Weber carburetors; Koni shock absorbers; sodium exhaust valves; electronic ignition; (original) European turn-indicators; a newly installed stainless exhaust system, and a recently replaced steering box. All of the mechanical upgrades were carried out by noted Alfa Romeo specialist, Glenn Oliveira of Oliveira Engineering in Berkeley, CA. Receipts for the work performed are on file. Aside from the cars respray, mechanical upgrades, and the replacement of the carpet, the car remains in its unmolested original state. Cosmetically complete, the spider is fitted with a lined Robbins Stay-fast top with a zippered rear window, a period-correct 4-band Blaupunct radio, and original Touring trunk and floor mats. Accompanying the sale is an extensive history file which includes numerous receipts, books, the cars original zippered tonneau cover, factory-supplied jackstand and an intact and complete boxed Alfa Romeo tool kit. Despite regular use and enjoyment since new, due to the meticulous care the car has received, it continues to win awards wherever it goes. The impressive list includes number 2 Alfa Romeo at the 2009 Concorso Italiano; a 1st place win as best Pre-1970 Alfa Romeo at the 2012 Danville Concourse d'Elegance; and many first-place class and club awards at such regional concourse venues as Palo Alto; Santa Rosa;

Informations about the auction
Auction house: Bonhams London
Title: The Scottsdale Auction
Date of the auction: 18 Jan 2018
Address: Bonhams London
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