As a gap filler between the prewar straight-eight and modern V8 engines, the Alfa Romeo Montreal drew a strong public response then as it does now: sporting just above 133,000 km, it comes in Rosso paintwork, black leather and cloth interiors with wooden trims and red carpetry, and a good overall state of preservation!
When Alfa Romeo received EXPO 1967’s nomination to build a car that represented the meaning of motoring of the time, the company’s mood at being selected was tempered by the pressure of having to create an exceptional car from scratch in no time.
So they chose the Giulia Sprint GT as the physical base for their project and Bertone was commissioned with the bodywork design. Marcello Gandini, operating in Bertone’s workshop by the time of the commissioning, designed this elegant, low and streamlined coupé, with special eyelids which were partially concealed by the bonnet, long L-shaped doors and air vents on each C-pillar, as distinguishing marks.
It took very little time for this Alfa to remain in the hearts of the aficionados, though buyer’s interest started dropping after the 1973 OPEC embargo, leaving the Montreal as Alfa’s only postwar try at a regular-production V8.
By the exterior look, this Montreal’s features include retractable headlight covers and many aforementioned amenities which still appear to be in factory state, while the paintwork and exterior trim are shown up close in the gallery below for a closer inspection. The Campagnolo magnesium 14” wheels show Alfa Romeo castings and are wrapped in Vredestein Sprint Classic tires, 195/70VR14 for both rear and front, which are reported to be in good condition.
The interior features high-back bucket seats with black cloth upholstery and a folding rear bench, over red carpeting. Matching red mats with rubber inserts protect the floors.
The three-spoke steering wheel sits ahead of Jaeger Italia instrumentation, which includes a 260km/h speedometer, a 9,000 rpm tachometer, an analog clock and five additional gauges. The five-digit odometer shows 33,774 km.
As for the 2.6-litre quad-cam V8, it features SPICA fuel injection and it’s factory rated at 200 hp and 240 Nm of torque, while power is delivered to the rear wheels through a five-speed ZF manual transmission. The seller states the car will receive a complete engine overhaul before being sold.
This Alfa Romeo Montreal is offered for auction by its current owner with its original keys, a period-correct Novara plate, ownership titles, book set and a timeless piece of Alfa Romeo heritage!