2019 ALFA ROMEO 2600 SPRINT COUPE - £26,000
This is a rare, factory built right-hand drive 1965 Alfa Romeo 2600 Sprint of which only about 500 were originally manufactured out of a total production of just 6,699 Bertone bodied Sprint Coupes. It was acquired in 2009 having evidently been in storage for at least 20 years. In fact it was probably last 'on the road' sometime during the late 1970's or early 1980's. As this car was found to be remarkably rust-free by the standards of Alfas of this era, the initial plan was to simply get it running and use it as a scruffy, original vehicle and improve it over time. In the event, it has been the subject of a marathon recommissioning which has only recently been completed. When stripped to bare metal, the bodywork showed signs of light accident damage to many panels. Therefore the car has undergone extensive panel work with any previously damaged sections cut out and replaced, the passenger cabin and boot floors are original and very sound and it has received a bare metal repaint in Alfa Romeo Brilliant Red of the exact shade used for that period. The factory records confirm that this 2600 Sprint was one of ten such right-hand drive cars which were originally earmarked for delivery to Australia so perhaps years spent in the Antipodean sun helped preserve the structure. It is unknown when it arrived in the UK but at some stage prior to being laid-up it was put through an invasive French Connection type search. Stripping the bodywork back to bare metal revealed a series of chiselled openings on the passenger side sill beneath the sill cover and in the recesses of the footwell. More intriguingly, one of the front wings showed signs of what looked very much like brazed-up bullet holes! These scars would suggest the discovery of unspecified contraband (and possibly a high speed chase preceding it ??) and might explain the decades spent in storage and absence of any documents when acquired. Regardless of its past, the Alfa Romeo is now UK registered with the DVLA based on the factory records showing that it was manufactured on 3rd September 1965 and sold to its first owner on 12th July 1966. Another unusual and perhaps unique feature of this car is that it has a discreet duck tail spoiler incorporated into the metal work of the bootlid which has the effect of elongating the slightly truncated standard rear end of this model. Mechanically, after such a long period of inactivity everything seems fine, the engine is remarkably quiet, runs at correct temperature (water pump refurbished and radiator recored) and holds good oil pressure. Gearbox and clutch perform without issues and all the brake callipers have been rebuilt and fitted with new pads fitted. The original light grey leather seats have been retained (there are a few minor splits) and a new headlining and carpets have been installed. The chromework is original and shows signs of its age in some areas, the stainless steel bumpers are in good order. Model Background: Introduced at the 1962 Geneva Salon, the Alfa Romeo 106-series was conceived as the Milanese manufacturer's flagship range. Available in Berlina, Sprint and Spider guises, it was based on a reworked / elongated 102-series platform featuring all-round coil-sprung suspension and four-wheel disc brakes. Harking back to Alfa's illustrious Grand Prix past, it was powered by a bespoke 2584cc DOHC straight-six engine. Credited with some 145bhp and 156lbft of torque, this all-alloy unit drove the rear wheels via a five-speed synchromesh manual gearbox. Arguably the best looking variant, the two-door Sprint coupe was styled by newly appointed Carrozeria Bertone design chief, Giorgetto Giugiaro. Despite a reputed top speed of 125mph and spirited acceleration to match, the model was not as overtly sporting as it name implied. More of a sophisticated and refined Gran Turismo car instead, few rivals (and no other contemporary Alfa) could match its ability to seat four in comfort over long journeys at high speeds. Considerably more expensive when new than a Jaguar E-Type, the Alfa Romeos price tag was more akin to that of a Ferrari 250GTE 2+2 or Aston Martin DB4. In todays market, inexplicably, the same Ferrari and Maserati models are worth ten times more than the Alfa Romeo...which does seem a bit strange.
- 53000 Miles
- RefCode: AETV17374274