Alfa Romeo’s stylish Montreal was first shown at the World Expo in Montreal in 1967. Originally intended as nothing more than a show car, based on the existing Giulia GTV floorplan with a 1,779 cc twin cam four cylinder engine, it created such a stir and reaction was so positive that the possibility of putting it into production was investigated.
At the 1970 Geneva Motor Show, a production version was displayed. Installed in the engine bay was Alfa’s classic V8 quad cam racing engine with dry sump lubrication, taken from their Tipo 33 racing car, mated to a 5 speed ZF gearbox. This was an altogether much more appropriate power plant for such an exotic looking machine. With 200 bhp, performance was brisk; near 140 mph maximum speed and 0-60 mph reached in 7.6 seconds.
The svelte Bertone coachwork incorporated many novel stylistic features, such as the headlamp “eyelids”, the NACA duct on the bonnet and the grilles which lined the rear quarters, intimating a mid-engine layout. The Giulia floorplan had been retained, with independent coil-sprung front suspension, live coil-sprung rear axle, limited slip differential and ventilated discs. This all added up to handling and road holding in keeping with the car’s high performance.
The Montreal offered for sale here is finished in the classic combination of red with black hide interior and looks suitably sporting. It benefits from a stainless steel exhaust and the additional fitting of a Harvey Bailey handling kit. With only 44,800km currently on the clock and supplied with MoTs dating back to 1993 which show the car had 39,000km on the clock in 1993, and has since covered a mere 6,000km in the preceding years. A new clutch was fitted in 2015 and a previous owner conducted a Dellorto Carburettor conversion.
The car comes complete with the original Certificat d’Immatriculation dated the 14th of September 1972 from the original supplier in Paris, and it has been on the Montreal register for over 25 years. Described by the vendor as being in generally good condition, this represents a superb opportunity to own a classic V8 powered Alfa Romeo which looks stunning and is simply begging to be driven.