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.
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 Alfa combination of red with a tan interior, this classic example was delivered new in France, as such is presented in its unrestored and untouched condition, displaying a lovely patina. The recorded kilometres are presumed to be correct, and are commensurate with the overall condition of the car. This rare “babu Miura” could stand proud next to much more valuable supercars new and old.
|Auction||Grandes Marques January 2016|
|Day of Auction||N/A|
|Registration Number||EU Registered|
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