1959 Alfa Romeo 2000 Spider Coachwork by Touring  Chassis no. 1020400081 Engine no. 00200400081

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Lot 712
1959 Alfa Romeo 2000 Spider Coachwork by Touring
Registration no. VSK 987 Chassis no. 1020400081 Engine no. 00200400081

£ 15,000 - 20,000
US$ 20,000 - 27,000
1959 Alfa Romeo 2000 Spider Coachwork by Touring
Registration no. VSK 987
Chassis no. 1020400081
Engine no. 00200400081
Replacement for the 1900 line, the 102-Series 2000 cars first appeared in 1958 and were unusual in so far as production of the stylish Touring-bodied Spider version outstripped that of the Berlina. Nowadays referred to as the ‘old’ 2-litre, the twin-cam 2000 engine combined elements of the superseded 1900 and new Giulietta, retaining the former’s cast-iron block and separate cam covers but featuring the latter’s bucket-and-shim method of valve adjustment. Spider and Sprint versions came with 115bhp on tap, good enough for a top speed in excess of 110mph. Beneath the skin the 2000 remained much as the last of the 1900s, with independent front suspension, live rear axle, five-speed gearbox and drum brakes all round. Touring’s renowned Superleggera (Superlight) method of body construction was employed, though now the panels were machine-pressed rather than hand-beaten, greatly speeding up production. Despite a relaxed high-speed cruising ability and excellent smoothness, the 2000 in its day tended to be overshadowed by the smaller and cheaper Giulietta, and only now is the model beginning to receive the attention it deserves.
Few Alfa Romeo 2000 Spiders came to the UK as new cars, and this left-hand drive example was originally exported to the USA. Imported into the UK in 1989, the car was reviewed in Classic & Sportscar magazine (August 1990 issue). It has since (1994 and 1995) undergone a complete overhaul using original or genuine reproduction Alfa parts. In the late 1990s the car won class awards at Alfa Romeo concours events and has since been maintained in excellent condition. It is regretfully sold by the vendor who now spends much of his time out of this country. Finished in silver with black interior, the vehicle is offered with sundry invoices, current MoT/road fund licence and Swansea V5 registration document.
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