1965 Alfa Romeo 2600 Sprint on the block

By: Spencer Leech, Unique Cars magazine

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Elegant coupe would stand out at any show.

1965 Alfa Romeo 2600 Sprint on the block
The 2600 Sprint 2+2 in right-hand-drive is a rare beast.

It's taken some time for Alfas 2000/2600 family to come into the spotlight, but the Italian saloons, spiders and coupes have now come into their own, and are increasingly popular among classic car collectors.

In 1958, the 2000 replaced the 1900 series as Alfa Romeo's flagship model. Initially, there were two variants; the Berlina and the Spider, but in 1960 the range was expanded to include a 2+2 coupe, known as the 2000 Sprint.

The 2000, in all its forms, was powered by a two-litre four-cylinder engine, and while it had plenty of character, critics suggested that it lacked power. That's where the 2600 Sprint came in.

Alfa answered criticism and developed a new 2.6-litre six-cylinder engine with twin overhead cams and triple carburettors. The new motor made 108kW and was capable of propelling the 2600 Sprint to a top speed of 200km/h.

Styling-wise, the 2600 Sprint - which was launched at the 1962 Geneva Motor Show - was only distinguished from its four-cylinder predecessor by the air scoop on the bonnet and 2600 badging.

A total of 6999 2600 Sprints were built, but very few were equipped with right-hand-drive. That's what makes lot 35 of the upcoming Shannons Summer Classic Auction a bit special.

This 1965 Alfa Romeo 2600 Sprint Coupe, finished in Rubino with grey upholstery, was one of just 597.

The car remained in Italy until 1972 before arriving in the UK where it was treated to a rebuilt engine, upgraded brakes, new electrics and overhauled suspension. It was then resprayed in Rosso Amaranto and given all-new black leather upholstery before being shipped to Australia.

It's on at no reserve and is estimated to fetch $35-45,000.

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