Registration No: 14 HYW
Chassis No: AR191872
Introduced at the 1962 Geneva Salon, the Alfa Romeo 106-series was available in Berlina, Sprint and Spider guises. Intended as something of a gentleman's express, the newcomer married an evolution of its 102-series predecessor's basic floorpan to a fresh 2584cc DOHC straight-six engine. Designed specifically for the car, this all-alloy unit's imposing architecture harked back to the powerplants of Alfa's illustrious Grand Prix past. Quoted as developing some 145bhp and 156lbft of torque, it drove the rear wheels via a five-speed gearbox and was kept in check by all-round coil-sprung suspension and servo-assisted disc / drum brakes (though, later 2600s were upgraded to rear discs). Designed and built by the legendary Carrozzeria Touring, the Spider variant was unquestionably the best-looking. Despite a reputed top speed of 125mph and spirited acceleration to match, the four-seater soft-top was judged (in keeping with its market aspirations) more of fast tourer than an out-and-out sports car. Only in production for three years, just 2,255 Spiders are thought to have been made of which only a handful were delivered to Ruddspeed who, with the approval from Alfa Romeo, converted them to right-hand drive specification.
The Alfa Romeo 2600 Spider is a classic automobile renowned for its distinctive design and exceptional craftsmanship. This particular model boasts a unique pedigree with several noteworthy features that make it a rare and sought-after collector's item. Crafted with meticulous attention to detail, the body of the Alfa Romeo 2600 Spider was expertly designed by Carrozzeria Touring of Milan, following the Superleggera construction method. This process involved using lightweight materials and a tubular frame to create an elegant yet sturdy structure. One of its most distinctive attributes is its scarcity, as it is one of the few factory approved Ruddspeed converted right-hand drive examples thought to have been built. It was initially delivered on the 24th of April in 1963 to Mr. David Graham of Chelmsford, making it a part of automotive history. Originally adorned in Alpha White, this exceptional vehicle has undergone a transformation over its lifespan. For a considerable portion of its existence, it was painted in a striking Red hue, but it has since been lovingly restored to its original Alpha White colour, highlighting the timeless beauty of its design.
Throughout its journey, this Alfa Romeo 2600 Spider has been very well maintained, with a comprehensive set of invoices on file attesting to the care and attention it has received over the years. Notably, major components of the vehicle, including the engine, gearbox, suspension, and brakes, have been rebuilt to ensure optimal performance and reliability. The chassis of this classic Alfa has been fully refurbished, further enhancing its structural integrity. Recent maintenance work has included the replacement of critical components such as the brake and clutch master cylinders, as well as the installation of new front wheel bearings and a fresh battery, ensuring that this vintage beauty remains roadworthy and dependable. Inside, the Alfa Romeo 2600 Spider has been treated to a superb re-trimming, with new Rosso leather upholstery and Grey carpets, reinstating its interior to a state of timeless elegance and comfort. Moreover, the car's brightwork has been diligently replaced and re-chromed over the years, maintaining its lustrous appearance and attention to detail. The majority of the restoration and maintenance work has been entrusted to marque specialists, including K&L Autos of Golders Green, London, and Century Classics of Hungerford, with additional services provided by Benalfa of Westbury, ensuring that this Alfa Romeo 2600 Spider has received the utmost care and expertise. Accompanying this remarkable vehicle is a private registration number together with a comprehensive history file, complete with a sheaf of detailed invoices, the current V5C registration document, and a photocopy of the old buff logbook, providing a rich and documented history of this classic Alfa Romeo 2600 Spider.
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