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1972 Alfa Romeo Montreal

Lot No.: 540

Registration: FRA 690L
Chassis Number: 105641426693
Engine Number: Unknown
Number of cylinders: 8
CC: 2600cc
Year of Manufacture: 1972
Sold for (£): 41,625


In 1967, Alfa Romeo dipped its toe into the Supercar sector by launching the Montreal, named after the Montreal Expo where it made its debut.
Initially fitted with Alfa's four cylinder, twin cam engine, by the time the Montreal was launched, for a limited production run at the 1970 Geneva Motor Show, this had changed to an all-new V8 quad-cam competition-derived power unit with dry sump lubrication taken from the successful Type 33 sports racer and mated to a 5 speed ZF gearbox, an altogether more appropriate power plant for such an exotic machine. With a capacity of 2,593cc, the V8 featured twin overhead camshafts per bank and produced, via Alfa Romeo/Spica fuel injection and Bosch electronic ignition, 200bhp at 6,500rpm. This provided excellent performance with a top speed of 137mph and 0-60mph in just 7.6 seconds.


Under the exotic Bertone designed 2+2 coupé coachwork, the Montreal incorporated many stylish features, such as the headlamp eyelids and the NACA duct on the bonnet. The floorpan was derived from a modified 1750 GTV chassis and sported independent coil sprung front suspension, live coil sprung rear axle, limited slip differential and ventilated discs. This resulted in excellent road holding and braking. In the stylish interior, the seats had built-in adjustable headrests and an unusual external feature was vacuum-operated headlamp stone guards.

This Alfa Romeo Montreal was first delivered to France, where it remained until 1989 before being imported into the UK. In 1993 it was purchased by the previous keeper, and it remained in his ownership for 22 years.

The previous owner was a professional mechanic and the car, whilst never being fully restored, has been very well maintained and tastefully upgraded throughout its life. These upgrades include the replacement of the notoriously problematic injection system with a more traditional and reliable carburettor arrangement which really makes the engine sound throaty, and growl as a V8 should. Another beneficial modification some years ago, was a 'Harvey-Bailey handling kit which we understand really transforms the car's road manners and predictability.

Showing a, possibly genuine, 44,678kms from new, the car is accompanied by almost all its MoTs since 1993 at which point the mileage was just 39,223kms. From looking at the extensive history file, which includes a vast quantity of invoices, it is clear that this car has been well loved.

We were all a little wary of Montreals a couple of decades ago, after all, the design is nearly 50 years old, they are a little complex, and there aren't many around, however with the arrival of the Internet, any problem can be solved within minutes by the International band of Montreal enthusiasts which, as a potential new owner, is very comforting. The Montreal is a true piece of Italian design, its looks have stood the test of time and they can now be made reliable, which is probably why they are starting to get the attention they deserve.

A very honest car that would benefit from further TLC to improve its aesthetics, this landmark Alfa is now in need of a new custodian who will be happy to realise this car's potential.