Restored at a cost of more than $160,000
1959 Alfa Romeo 2000 Touring Spyder
Chassis no. AR 10204 00168
Engine no. AR 00204 00200
1,974cc DOHC inline four-cylinder engine
Dual Solex 44 PHH carburetor
131bhp at 3,500rpm
Five-speed manual transmission
Independent front suspension and live rear axle
Four-wheel Alfin drum brakes
-Offered from a Private Collection
The 2000 Touring Spyder
Although Alfa Romeo returned to automobile manufacture fairly quickly after World War II, it was not until 1950 that a new design became available. This was the 1900, a unit body sedan with a twin overhead cam 1,884cc four-cylinder engine. It was the first Alfa built on a real production line all previous cars had been largely hand-built and also the first with left-hand drive. Until 1950, Alfa production had hovered around 400 units annually. With the 1900, this increased almost tenfold. A 1900C Sprint coupe was introduced with body by Carrozzeria Touring and a Spyder cabriolet by Pininfarina, both built in much smaller quantities.
In 1958, Alfa came out with a new sedan, which, with larger 1,975cc engine, was called the 2000. There was, not surprisingly, a 2000 Spyder, by Touring, and a 2000 Sprint coupe by Bertone, the latter introduced in 1960. Spyder and Sprint production comprised nearly half of all 2000 sales. The 2000 sedan had the uncommon feature of a column-mounted shifter for the five-speed transmission, while the Spyder and Sprint retained the usual floor-mounted gearchange.
Just 3,443 Spyders were sold worldwide, reflecting a fact that they were rather expensive, yet undeniably great looking testament to the fact that their lines would continue onto successive Alfas.
The Motorcar Offered
This exquisite matched numbers Alfa Romeo Spyder was acquired by the present owners in March 2004 in Connecticut, at which point it had covered a recorded 57,600 miles.
Like other cars in this collection, it was subjected to a 'money no object' ground-up restoration, with the work being carried out by respected restorers KTR European Motorsports of Ayer, Massachusetts. This work included full restoration of the bodywork, which was stripped entirely to its bare metal, repaint, mechanics totally rebuilt, everything! Perhaps demonstrating why it is rare to find examples of these cars in this condition, the cost of the exercise was in excess of $160,000.
The result is what can only be described as a car that is probably in better condition than the day it was delivered new. Even a few years on from the rebuild, it remains in very fine order throughout.
Resplendent in Alfa red paint, with a black interior piped in red, the car is ready to use and be enjoyed this summer.
- Please note that the title for this vehicle is in transit