The 2000 model was the logical evolution of the 1900 series, which had been a fundamental car in the history of Alfa Romeo, as it had been very important for the future of the firm during the difficult post-war economical period. First monocoque car of the Arese firm, the 1900 had a brilliant 4-cylinder engine, which, later on, was particularly appreciated both by the common public and also by the more sportive drivers and tuners.
The evolution of the 1900 led to the engine of the 2000 series, which was more suitable to the changed economical requests more focused on the family and the entertaining world than on sports; the final evolution of the model was the 2600 series, which was fitted with a more suitable 6-cylinder engine.
The 2000 saloon was first exhibited at the 1957 Turin Motor Show; the very big dimensions were designed in order to put two couches, one in the front compartment and one in the rear, that were to be big enough to host six pas- sengers. The 2000 model became a sort of status symbol for the new Italian bourgeois class; it had to be a very reliable and powerful car to show. Later on, the saloon was accompanied by the Sprint (a coupe designed by Bertone) and by the Spider (designed by Carrozzeria Touring).