Penned by Marcello Gandini who created the iconic Miura just one year before, the Montreal concept featured innovative side gills and retractable slotted headlight shades on a classic, flowing shape. This sleek, unnamed coupe was met with much acclaim and began to be colloquially referred to as the Alfa Romeo Montreal. Three years later, Alfa debuted the Alfa Romeo Montreal as a production model at the 1970 Geneva Auto Salon. The production model abandoned the Giulia’s four-cylinder for a high-revving quad-cam V8 based on the 2.0 litre Tipo 33 Stradale engine. This 90° dry-sump V8 redlined at 7,000rpm and brought this stylish coupe to 60 from a standstill in 7.1 seconds, and on to a top speed of nearly 140mph.
The distinctive headlight grilles are similar to those used on the concept, albeit with one grille per side, rather than one per light. The C-pillar vents are likewise similar, and the car grew only slightly from the concept. This example retains correct Alfa Romeo alloy wheels and trim.
This 1972 Alfa Romeo Montreal is a European-market model finished in red, arguably the most desirable colour for an Alfa Romeo. The cabin is upholstered in black vinyl with red piping and matching carpets. The instrumentation, switchgear, and radio are correct for the model. 50,000 kilometres are shown.
Most recently the car has had an upgraded billet aluminium steering box fitted, along with a service by Alfaholics. Other recent services include a new Alfaholics prop shaft with centre support and bearing, new torsion bar bushings and thrust washers, and more.
Extensive service documentation is included within the sale, this striking Montreal is a stylish and powerful sports Coupe, ready for spirited touring.
|Auction||The Spirit of Motoring, London October 2017|
|Day of Auction||N/A|
|Registration Number||UK Registered|
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