by Karl Schnelle and Koen Beekmann
In Part IV of this series, we looked at the Alfa Romeo Giulia Berlina. Now, we will examine the Alfa Romeo 2600 Sprint. The Giulia first came out in 1963, and the 2600 Sprint followed in 1964 (Rampini, Automodelli Togi, online Dec 2017). Others report that the 2600 Sprint may have been introduced as early as 1962. [Unless noted, all photos are by Koen or from his colleagues.]
Short History of the Real Thing
In addition to the regular coupé, there was a Polizia (Squadra Mobile Pantera) and a Vigili del Fuoco (Fire) version. These two came out in 1965, a year after the plain version (Rampini). As with other toy brands, these designs were created simply by adding decals, a flashing light, and an antenna.
The Polizia and Fire versions are much more rare than the civilian one, the Fire version is almost never seen. Probable reason: These versions were just less popular and therefore did not sell as well.
Besides the ready-made models, Togi kits were also sold. As with all Togi kits, the owner could screw the parts together with the supplied screwdriver, and they are set!
Are the later Togi’s with many open parts “a pain” to put together? (Yes, you actually need 4 small hands all at the same time!) Even with no opening parts, the 2600 was one of the first Togi’s with a realistic, but simple, interior that consisted of two separate front seats, a back seat, a rear shelf, and steering wheel. The plastic interior parts were always painted.
Details about the Police Version
Many of the 1960’s Alfas in Polizia guise for the Mobile Squadron had a ‘pantera’, a panther, in the front wings.
The newer chrome strip versions had the panther facing the correct way! See photo below.
Next time in Part VI, we will continue the Togi story with the Alfa Romeo 2-door Giulia GT series.
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