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Factfile: Alfa Romeo 2600

Pete Accini

MODEL FEATURED:SPIDER

The 2600 was Alfa’s six-cylinder flagship produced from 1962 to 1969, it was the successor to the Alfa Romeo 2000. It has become historically significant as the last Alfa to be fitted with an inline six-cylinder engine having twin overhead camshafts which had been an Alfa tradition since the 1920’s, but gave way to four-cylinder engines as the factory oriented its production towards more economical mass-produced car models after the Second World War.

The 2600 initially became available as a sedan (2600 Berlina), coupe (2600 Sprint – a one-off convertible version shown by Carrozzeria Bertone in 1963 was also named 2600 Sprint but did not enter production) and two-seater convertible with body by Carrozzeria Touring (2600 Spider).

These were based on the corresponding models in the 2000 range, but fitted with a new all-alloy 2.6 litre engine with six cylinders in line and twin overhead camshafts, to replace the earlier four-cylinder engine with its cast-iron block. Two carburettors were fitted to the Berlina engines, while the Sprint and Spider engines had three twin-choke horizontal carburettors and developed 145 bhp. 6999 Sprint models where produced. 2257 Spider models were produced.

The line-up was later joined by a light-weight coupe by Carrozzeria Zagato, called 2600 Sprint Zagato or SZ (105 produced), and a limited-edition six-window sedan by OSI. Both the SZ and OSI had the three-carburettor engines. The photo above is of a 2600 Sprint.

Performance

  1. POWER: 145BHP
  2. TOP SPEED: 197KM/H | 123MPH
  3. 0-100 KMH [0-60MPH]: [11.1 SECONDS]

Engine

  1. CAPACITY: 2584CC
  2. CYLINDERS: 6
  3. CONFIGURATION: IN-LINE

Other

  1. PRODUCTION DATES: 1962-1969
  2. TOTAL PRODUCED: 11,451
  3. VARIANTS: BERLINA;SPIDER;SPRINT;SPRINT ZAGATO