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Coachwork by Touring
Formerly the Property of Alfredo Brener
The 2600 Spider
Unveiled at the 1962 Geneva Motor Show as the enhanced successor to Alfa Romeo’s top-of-the-line 2000-series models, the 2600 heralded a powerful, new all-alloy, 2.6-liter six- cylinder engine with dual overhead camshafts. As with the prior 2000, the 2600 was available in four-door Berlina, two-door Sprint and Sprint Zagato, and open Spider models, with the Spider featuring handsome hand-built bodywork by the renowned Carrozzeria Touring.
Designed for fast long-distance cruising in the finest grand-touring tradition, the 2600 Spider was capable of reaching 125 mph, with its five-speed manual gearbox and uprated triple-carbureted engine delivering 145 hp and excellent torque output. Quite practical to match, Touring’s 2600 Spider provided good luggage space, luxurious interior appointments, and 2+2 seating. Just 2,255 spiders were produced up to 1968.
According to Automobilismo Storico Alfa Romeo (Alfa Romeo Historic Motoring), this handsome 2600 Spider from 1964 is an original export model, manufactured on March 17, 1964, and factory-equipped with highly desirable front disc brakes. It was delivered precisely two weeks later on March 31, 1964, to Alfa Romeo Inc. of Newark, New Jersey.
Rarely seen, particularly in this very fine condition, the 2600 Spider was already restored to a high standard when it was acquired around the year 2000 by noted Italian-car collector Alfredo Brener, who had been seeking a black 2600 Spider. Around 2006, Mr. Brener sold the Spider to John Kotts, his neighbor, from whom the consignor acquired it. Both gentlemen are known as highly knowledgeable collectors and stewards.
As offered, this 2600 Spider features chic black paintwork complemented by tan upholstery and a matching convertible top. The highly detailed engine bay houses the matching-numbers alloy 2.6-liter twin-cam engine retaining its proper Solex carburetors. Up front, large recessed Carello driving lamps are nicely paired to the main beams, and the Spider rides on a period-correct set of Michelin X radial tires mounted on Borrani wire wheels with eared knock-offs. The Spider’s leather interior was recently restored and it is furnished with a heater and the essentials for spirited driving. All servicing has been completed on schedule by experts, and the car has received regular exercise in good weather. In preparation for its offering at auction, 192790 has received a thorough tune-up and the consignor reports it is in top driving form. Blessed with strong performance and a broad torque band, in addition to its distinctive style and open-air appeal, this 2600 Spider will make an ideal and usable entry into many classic tours and rallies, as well as a fine showpiece for its next fortunate owner.