|1972 Alfa Romeo Montreal
|At the 1967 Montreal expo, a striking new concept car satatop the Alfa Romeo stand. The car (which wasnt even given a name) was anaggressively styled 2 2coupebased on the giulia sprint gt chassisrunning agiuliati1600cc twin cam four. The concept was purely a styling exercise penned by marcellogandini,who was employed by bertone at the time, and wasnot intended for production.viewers were met by a distinctive front end design that featured retractableheadlight louversand a low, wide hood line. That low hood flowed into a generous greenhouse and intothe thickc-pillars where you meet the cars second major visual punch a set of bold blackvertical slats. Theseslatsserved little purpose other than to make a visual statement,but they were such a signature of the design that they remained proudly in place on the production version. Speaking of production, the concept car was never intended as anythingmore than a styling exercise, in fact, it didnt even have an official name Montreal was a nickname given to it by the public and press. But itcaused such a stir that Alfa Romeo seriously considered the idea of producing it. While most concept cars get watered down when they reach production, the Montreal was the exception to the rule. Rather than the 1600ccfour cylinderof the show car, the production Montrealhada200 horsepower2.6 liter, dry-sumpv8 derived from the exotictipo33 sports racer. This glorious, high-revving v8 featured spica fuel injection andwas mated toa 5-speed zf transmission, running through alfas proven live rear axle with a limited slip diff. Theconcepts signature design elementsremained: louvered headlights and those bold vents on the pillar. It also gained alargenaca duct on the hoodthat, while non-functional, was a clever trickused to disguise the power-bulge needed to clear the v8. A highly stylish and comfortable interior mated to that exotic drivetrain made the Montreal a practicalhigh-speed continental cruiser. In spite of it costing more than an e-type or porsche 911, thestriking and exoticMontreal enjoyed a seven year production run with 3,700 examples built. This 1970Alfa RomeoMontreal is a very nice example finished inanappropriatelybold shade ofbright orange over a blackhoundstoothinterior. After all, theres little point in having a Montreal in a subtle color.this particular car was owned by a passionate enthusiast whoworked hard to keep itvery well sorted, properly maintained and attractive. For manyyears, these cars suffered fromlow values and high maintenance costs, so a great dealof them deteriorated at the hands of inexperienced owners.paint and body work are very good, with a few chips and marks showing this car has been driven and enjoyed. Never fully restored, it has been properly cared for and extremely well maintained in largely original condition, down to the proper original alloy wheels. The interior is lush and inviting a classic 1970s italiancockpit with lots of black material and an exotic, driver-focused instrument cluster. The original wood-rim steering wheel is a delight to hold. This particular car was fitted with an audiophile-quality mcintosh audio system, presumably for playing your favorite quincy jones album at full volume while sweeping along a mountain pass.with only 3,700 built, they are a very rare sight in such fine condition. The Alfa Romeo Montreal has enjoyed a well-deserved resurgence in value recently,as collectors have finally taken notice of its glamorous styling, fantastic engine and rarity. Butitstill remains a relative bargain when compared to its more common competitors such as the porsche 911 orjaguare-type. An exotic, high-revving v8,outlandish bertone styling and lots of room for luggage makes this an idealgranturismomachine. This example is verywell suited for the enthusiast who loves to enjoy their cars from behind the wheel.
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