Alfa Romeo 2600 Spider 1963
Coachwork by Touring
Chassis no. AR191592
* Sold new in Italy
* Same family ownership since 1979
* Original engine
* Highly original
* Recent extensive restoration
* Comprehensive history file
This car offered has a known history from new; it is the 673rd Alfa Romeo 2600 built and the 75th Spider produced in 1963. The Alfa has had only two previous owners and has been in the same family's ownership for the last 38 years.
The Spider was sold new by the Alfa Romeo dealer Sarcar of Sienna, Tuscany, to a Mr Giorgio De Sanctis, and was registered on 15th June 1963. The current owner purchased it in 1979 from car collector Rinaldo Rapaccini of Foligno, Umbria. Chassis number 'AR191592' has been known to the RIAR (Alfa Romeo Italian Register) since 1983.
Used infrequently over the last four decades, the car has nevertheless taken part in several classic car rallies. We are advised by the vendor that it is in very original condition - absolutely sound and rust free - and has always been dry stored and never suffered accidents. The mechanical components are correct for the model, and have never been replaced. The engine is still the original one and was checked in the early 1990s, while at the same time the upholstery and the hood were re-trimmed to the original specifications. The five-speed gearbox is silent and the gear change is light and smooth. The dashboard gauges are original and working except for the water temperature gauge (a small supplementary gauge has been fitted discreetly beneath the dashboard). Fitted a few years ago and showing little wear, the Michelin X 165x400 tyres are correct for the model.
In 2016 an extensive and meticulous restoration was commenced. Many new spare parts were purchased from Afra, the well-known supplier of classic Alfa Romeo spare parts, including the rubber seals for the bonnet, windscreen, and boot; under bonnet padding; carburettor gaskets; sidelight lenses; air filter sleeves; and so on.
In the course of the restoration, the interior, bonnet, boot lid, doors, and windscreen were removed and the body repainted in the correct Rosso Alfa after being completely stripped back to bare metal. Everything has been carefully reassembled, and all shut-lines adjusted correctly. Inside, the carpets and the entire floor covering have been renewed. Various components such as the front grille, windscreen mounts, bumpers, front headlamp rims, tail light trims, door handles, carburettor linkage, bonnet and door trim, as well as various nuts and bolts have been re-chromed or galvanised.
The fuel tank has been dismantled, sandblasted, de-rusted, painted, and treated with a special sealant. Similarly, the water and oil radiators have been dismantled, cleaned, and repainted. The brakes were overhauled recently: the front brake pads and callipers, rear wheel cylinders, and master cylinder all being renewed. The wheels were sandblasted and repainted, and the tyres refitted. The engine oil and filter have been changed recently.
Carried out over a two-year period (2016-2017), the restoration is documented by numerous photographs and invoices, the latter totalling approximately €20,000. The Alfa is Italian registered and comes with a Libretto di Circolazione, Estratto Cronologico, Certificate of Ownership, ASI Participation Permit, the original owner's manual and some photographs, and a vast quantity of correspondence, receipts, and invoices dating back to the 1970s. Reluctantly sold due to the vendor's age, this Italian beauty needs only an enthusiastic new owner to get her back up to speed.
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