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1972 Alfa Romeo Montreal
Lot No.: 540
Registration: FRA 690L
Chassis Number: 105641426693
Engine Number: Unknown
Number of cylinders: 8
Year of Manufacture: 1972
Estimate (£): 32,000 - 36,000
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.