1964 Alfa Romeo 2600 Spider
*Coachwork by Touring of Milan
*Chassis no. AR192672
*Engine no. AR00601*06439
-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
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 under-appreciated model is becoming increasingly sought after by discerning collectors.
This 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 car's 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 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 car is an extensive history file which includes numerous receipts, books, the cars original zippered tonneau cover, factory-supplied jackstand and an intact and rare 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, Chico, and Lafayette. The car has also been invited to the San Francisco's Mille Miglia pre-show and the Hillsborough Concourse d'Elegance. It has participated in rallies and tours including the Palo Alto and Hillsborough tours d'elegance. In 2015 it was one of three vintage Alfas chosen for the prestigious "featured circle" at Concorso Italiano. In 2016 it captured 1st in Class at the Concourse d'Elegance in Ferndale, CA. In 2017 it received the Annual Terrace Award at the Gualala Arts Auto Show.
This meticulously maintained Touring-bodied 2600 is a stunning example of the model. With its all-aluminum, double-overhead cam 6-cylinder engine, three side-draft carburetors, power disc brakes, and five-speed transmission, the 2600 was one of the more technologically advanced sports convertibles of its era. The 2600 series is also historically notable as being among the last of the large coachbuilt Alfa Romeos. This incredible three-owner California car presents an amazing opportunity for a collector to acquire an extraordinary Alfa boasting an ultra-impressive resume.