The Alfa Romeo Montreal was designed by Bertone to an attempt of Alfa Romeo to create a competitive Grand Tourer. The V8 engine comes directly from the T33 Alfa Romeo Racing car and combined with the advanced Spica Injection engine. This would bring a real supercar sound and 0-60 at 7.6 seconds.
The first production car was shown at the 1970 Geneva Motor Show, using a 2593 cc 90° dry-sump lubricated V8 engine with SPICA fuel injection that produced around 200 PS (147 kW; 197 hp), coupled to a five-speed ZF manual gearbox and a limited-slip differential.
This engine was derived from the 2-litre V8 used in the 33 Stradale and in the Tipo 33 sports prototype racer; its redline was set at 7,000 rpm, unheard of for a V8 at that time. It’s the first and last time that this kind of engine was used in a production Alfa. The chassis and running gear of the production Montreal were taken from the Giulia GTV coupé and comprised double wishbone suspension with coil springs and dampers at the front and a live axle with limited slip differential at the rear.
Since the concept car was already unofficially known as The Montreal, Alfa Romeo kept the model name in production. Stylistically, the most eye catching feature is the car’s front end with four headlamps partly covered by unusual ‘grilles’, that retract when the lights are switched on.
Another stylistic element is the NACA duct on the bonnet. The duct is actually blocked off since its purpose is not to draw air into the engine, but to optically hide the power bulge. The slats behind the doors contain the cabin vents, but apart from that only serve cosmetic purposes.
The car reminds the lines of the Maserati Khamsin, the Ferrari 308/Gt4 and the Miura all masterpieces of the great Marcello Gandini. The Montreal was more expensive to buy than the Jaguar E-Type or the Porsche 911.
Finished in the classic combination of Rosso Alfa with a black interior, this nicely presented example has good bodywork with very good panel gaps, and we understand runs and drives extremely nicely. The interior is very well preserved, in fact the whole presentation of the car is very favourable.
This rare ‘baby Miura’ could stand proud next to much more valuable supercars new and old.