1959 Alfa Romeo 2000 Spider
Coachwork by Carrozzeria Touring
Chassis no. AR 102.04.00828
•Delivered new to France
•Italian 'Dolce Vita' classic
•French resident for most of its life
•Attractive colour scheme of 'Grigio Biacca' over burgundy
'The 2000 Roadster, made for high-speed touring, was fitted with an engine having remarkable reserves of power and torque in order to offer the sport customer the possibility of making fast journeys with the maximum safety.' – Luigi Fusi, 'Alfa Romeo, All Cars From 1910'.
The famous Carrozzeria Touring's associations with Alfa Romeo reached back to the late 1920s and this liaison was perpetuated into the post-war era. Replacement for the 1900 line, the 102-Series 2000 cars first appeared in 1958 and were unusual in so far as production of the stylish Touring-bodied Spider version outstripped that of the Berlina, with 3,443 examples of the soft-top produced compared with only 2,804 of the saloon. As Anderloni and Anselmi remark in their book, 'Touring Superleggera': 'An order which was important to Touring in quantitative terms was that for... supplying the Alfa Romeo 2000 convertible.'
Touring's renowned Superleggera (Superlight) method of body construction was employed, though now the panels were machine-pressed rather than hand-beaten, greatly speeding up production. This departure marked a turning point for Touring, enabling them to manufacture bodies in greatly increased volume, though this was still far from mass production.
Beneath the skin the 2000 remained much as the last of the 1900s, with independent front suspension, live rear axle, five-speed gearbox, and drum brakes all round. Nowadays referred to as the 'old' 2-litre, the twin-cam 2000 engine combined elements of the superseded 1900 and new Giulietta, retaining the former's cast-iron block and separate cam covers but featuring the latter's bucket-and-shim method of valve adjustment. Spider and Sprint versions came with 115bhp on tap, good enough for a top speed in excess of 170km/h. Despite a relaxed high-speed cruising ability and excellent smoothness, the 2000 in its day tended to be overshadowed by the smaller and cheaper Giulietta, and only now is the model beginning to receive the attention it deserves.
According to information supplied by Marco Fazio, Centro Documentazione Alfa Romeo, Alfa Romeo 2000 Spider chassis number '00828' was manufactured on the 7th September 1959 and sold two days later to Régie Nationale Usines Renault di Billancourt, France. The body colour was Grigio Biacca (Grey White) the same as it is today. The Alfa was sold to its first owner in Marseille (Departement 13) later in 1959.
By 1961, the car had found a new owner in Toulon and changed hands again in 1963, moving to Valence where it stayed up to 1968. In 1969, the Alfa was sold to a brocanteur (pawnbroker) in Etoile, France, who kept the car until 1989. It was then bought by Mr Pierre Robin of Beaumes de Venise, France who kept it until 1997. Still in original condition, it then moved to Italy where the previous owner started a painstaking restoration. The current owner was able to buy this 2000 Touring Spider in Italy in 2014 as a semi-finished restoration project. The current owner finished the restoration recently. This 2000 Touring Spider is still presented in its original colour of 'Grigio Biacco' with a re-upholstered interior in very attractive dark red. It has been mechanically checked-over by the current owner with carburettors and transmission revised (invoices on file) and is described as in very good mechanical condition. The car is offered with its old French registration papers and comes with its old French number plate and restoration photos.
With its elegant Touring lines, four-seater accommodation, and open top - and finished in, arguably, one of the better colour schemes for an Alfa Romeo 2000 Spider - this is a car for the Alfa Romeo connoisseur. 'On the button' and ready to go, it represents a wonderful opportunity to acquire a fine example of this fast-appreciating Italian thoroughbred.
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