Alfa Romeo was transformed in the early Fifties. It had been a builder of large, fast sporting automobiles. Frequently supercharged, they dominated racing circuits in the Thirties and returned to racing success after the war. But postwar economics -- and Alfa's new environment as a state-owned company -- dictated a more egalitarian approach exemplified by the light, nimble little 1300cc Giulietta introduced in 1954. Alfa however was wont to abandon its upper class clients to Ferrari and Maserati, countering their 3- and 3.5-liter grand tourers with the 2.6 liter Alfa Romeo 2600 in 1962. Larger and more comfortable, its 2,582cc inline six-cylinder dual overhead camshaft engine delivered 165 horsepower at 5,900 rpm. The Spider version's coachwork by Touring was recognizably Alfa Romeo but also sufficiently different in details and overall size to set it apart. Built in small numbers from 1962-1965, only 2,255 2600 Spiders were delivered. This example is finished in red with black upholstery and interior trim. It has had some attention over the years including a repaint but is otherwise largely original and in sound and usable condition. The upholstery and interior trim appear to be original but are still sound and usable. The engine compartment is orderly. Comfortable, stable, beautiful and rare, this is a grand touring spider that is ready to be used, enjoyed and preserved.
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