Entrance to the famous "Portello" factory
in the late '50s
I don't have pictures about the forerunner of the 2600, the 2000. The
2600 was the replacement of the type (itself a successor to the 1900).
Stretched by 10 cm at the front to accomodate the new, longer engine, the
suspension and drivetraing were basically those of the superseded 2000 range.
The car was introduced at the 1962 Geneva shpow in Berlina, Spider and
The 2584 cc 6-cylinder engine produced 130 hp (Berlina), 145 hp (Spider and
196? 2600 Sprint
Rube Ericson's 2600 Sprint at the
Giulietta tribute at San Jose state.
Trimmed in cloth or leather, the Sprint was a genuine close-coupled four-seater
with a generous boot and lots of luxurious detailing: how many cars of 1962
vintage boasted electric front windows, two-speed wipers, a separate blower
fan to demist the rear screen and marker lights in the trailing edges of
Though badged by Bertone, the Sprint was actually built by OSI, alongside
the contemporary Ghia-styled Fiat 2300 coupé.
1962 2600 Spider by Touring
2600 Touring Spider with hardtop
The Spider looked much like the old 2000 Spider with simplified brightwork.
Bot the Spider and the Sprint were bodied in steel, with no sign of Touring's
trademark Superleggera construction under the skin, on the shortest 2500 mm
wheelbase of the range. Both weighted about the same (Sprint: 1280 kg,
Spider: 1220 kg at the kerb) and performed near identically, with a max. speed
of 200 km/h.
2255 Spiders were made and 6999 Sprints.
1964 2600 SZ by Zagato
2600 Autodelta modified boat engine
At the 1963 Turin Salone dell'Automobile appeared first the rarest 2600,
the Zagato-bodied SZ. It was produced between 1964-1966 and only 105
It had steel-body and Kamm-tail.
In 1962 Alfa Romeo introduced the 101 Giulietta Berlina's soon to be
replacement, the 105 series "Giulia" Ti. As the name implied, the Giulia
was a "grown up" Giulietta, (in Italian Giulietta) is the diminutive for
Giulia) and with a larger, 1600 cc engine, 5-speed transmission, and 4-disc
brakes, it was.
1962 Giulia Spider showing rare optional wire wheels
In June of 1962, Alfa Romeo introduced the successor to the Giulietta Spider,
the Giulia Spider. The new car utilized the new set of components yet
unlike the other new cars, shared the older car's body. Yet, the
Giulietta stayed in production until 1965.
Bertone styling exercise on 105 chassis Arese
Giulia Sprint GT Cabrio
It's the very limited production Bertone convertible on the Bertone
designed Giulia Sprint GT. Real name of the car is Giulia GTC or
1965 Giulia Sprint GT at Laguna Seca
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