The replacement for the Alfa Romeo 1900 sedan was presented at the Turin Motor Show in 1957 and, next to it, one of the Spider prototypes: an absolute novelty as there was not previously anything similar in the Alfa Romeo list; the role of Casa convertible was represented exclusively by the much smaller Giulietta Spider. In order to offer something even more exclusive, Alfa Romeo therefore turned to Carrozzeria Touring, then still in the plants in via Ludovico da Breme not far from Portello; they, of course, developed a proposal conceived according to the “Superleggera” technique that had now become a trademark and the model of the Turin Show is precisely one of the very few prototypes set up in this way.
In the interval between the presentation and the start of production in the summer of 1958, the Commercial Management of Alfa Romeo decided that this construction system would be too expensive and required Touring, after twenty-five uninterrupted years of Superleggera, a more traditional steel load-bearing shell construction; it is not the only prerogative of this car as its style is one of the very few projects by Rodolfo Bonetto, the recently deceased son of the legendary Felice who died during the 1953 Carrera Panamericana, defined during his very brief collaboration with the Milanese body shop.
Credit to the merit because the car, net of some excess chrome preciousness, is beautiful and wears very well, which is rare for Italian cars, the spoked wheels; the cockpit is very spacious, given the type of car, and finished with quality materials while underneath is the mechanics of the Alfa Romeo 1900 Super Sprint: four-cylinder engine with double overhead camshaft, two carburetors, rear suspension rigid bridge, drum brakes and screw and roller steering; a welcome change is the gearbox with central lever.
A traditional but excellently performing mechanics developing 115 HP which however is penalized a little by the weight of the large steel body (about twelve quintals); the performance remains very good for the time, over 175 km / h and fast acceleration, but they do not differ much from those of the Giulietta Spider and are inferior to those of the Spider Veloce. And this despite the five-speed gearbox that is offered as standard.
Whether for this reason, or for the much higher price (L. 2,900,000 against L. 1,900,000 of the Giulietta Spider and L. 2,225,000 of the Spider Veloce), the sales numbers remained lower than the wishes of Alfa Romeo while representing for the Touring the best order in its history: 3,443 units were assembled in less than four years; a bargain for the Touring, which above all continued, as its replacement, practically a restyling equipped with the new powerful 145 bhp 2.6-liter six-cylinder engine, continued to be produced by them.
A magnificent car, the 2000 Spider, yet little loved at the time by the parent company and then, for decades, also by the amateur market which has always preferred the wriggling younger sister, confining the evaluations of this car to territories obviously inadequate to its mechanical qualities stylistic and dynastic; few realized it and made the deal of their life: as rarely happens in the world of car collecting, a couple of years ago, thanks to some auction results overseas, the exchange value of the 2000 Spider pulverized that of the Giulietta over one hundred thousand euros alongside the more powerful but also heavier, in every sense, six-cylinder sister.