Join Date: Nov 2007
Location: London, England
If I might say, that is a little harsh...
The 2600 Sprint was run by the factory as a full-supported Works team in '62 to '64 before the advent of the Giulia ti and the GTA. It competed in the European Touring Car Championship, driven by works drivers such as Andrea de Adamich. Later on it was raced by Works-supported privateers with moderate success in its class, occasionally beating Jag Mk 2 saloons. Finally it enjoyed a lot of success in international rallying including the Tour de France.
Now, no-one who has raced one will claim that it was the ideal, well-balanced Touring Car, but it was a useful tool in competent hands if a little heavy on the turn-in. Today, with Weber 45s, a modern cam (pref an RJR profile), attention to the cylinder-head cooling and some handling tweeks plus, if affordable, a c/r box and an LSD, it can give a good account of itself.
I was 47 when I started racing mine, just the right side of 70....