Could have had a V-8: ’72 Alfa-Romeo Montreal
If you ever see a Montreal in the US, it came from somewhere else. You see, Alfa never federalized a version for US and Canada. Then why call it a Montreal? Well, it was a show car name that stuck when it entered production. The unusual design was penned by Marcello Gandini. Gandini focused more on vehicle structure, architecture and assembly than on design. Somehow he managed to create some pretty spectacular results while following his philosophy. You’ve no doubt, heard of the Miura, Countach and Stratos? All Gandini works while at Bertone. The Montreal has some interesting details like the headlight covers and the NACA duct on the front. The side has cabin air vents that are somewhat functional but also add a distinguishing detail to the design. But the reason why you want a Montreal is the V-8 engine. It was developed from the 33 Stradale and the Tipo 33 sports prototype. At just under 2600cc, it developed 197 hp and redlined at 7,000 rpms. It has a 5-speed, limited-slip and suspension from the GTV. Which brings to this offering. First, let it be known the car is in the UK but it is a left hand drive car.
The seller describes it as a 30,000 km documented original car with tons of paperwork and original manuals. It is also fitted with A/C. The paint is said to be re-done but does not mention if it is the original color. All of the hard to find bits are there and in fine condition. The seller mentions a few small issues that need to be dealt with but none are of a significant nature. According to our research, Montreals were moved around a lot during production. Paint in one place, trim in another, drivetrain in yet another factory. So it is said that you can’t tie an engine to a particular chassis. That seems odd so we would look into that further. We do like this Montreal and good ones are hard to find. If you’ve been looking for one or just want something a bit different at the next Italian car meet, you should investigate this one further. The asking price is 37,500 pounds or nearest offer. SCM has a perfect one at $42,500. See it here on the AlfaBB.