The 2600 was introduced at the 1962 Geneva motor show by Alfa Romeo with the successor to the 2000 Series available in several body styles. You had the four-door Berlina saloon and an open two-door Spider but the pick of the bunch was the Bertone-designed two-door Sprint. It was simply gorgeous.

The attractive two-door grand tourer featured plenty of flare (check out the subtle yet stylish bonnet duct) bucket seats and a racing-style three-spoke steering wheel but more than its handsome aesthetics, enthusiasts fell for the Sprint because it could scoot; it had a top speed of 200kph.

Its fabulous six-cylinder 2,584cc motor with three Solex carburetors (Webers were optional) made 145 horses. The engine was derived from the Giulietta’s and had a reduced bore and stroke but the extra two cylinders gave it robust performance. It was mated to a five-speed floor-mounted synchromesh manual (as was the Spider but the Berlina had a column shift) while stopping power came from Girling disc brakes at the front and turbo-finned drums on the rear (later, it would get disks all round). It weighed 1,280kg and displayed terrific handling thanks to a chassis with front double A-arms with coil springs and a sway bar, and a solid rear axle with longitudinal radius arms and coil springs.

Some of the amenities included leather seats, electric windows, a separate blower fan to demist the rear screen and marker lights in the trailing edges of the doors.

6,999 were built between 1962 and 1966 and they can fetch up to Dh300,000 today.