This is a 1972 Alfa Romeo Montreal LHD finished in metallic grey with a tan cloth interior. The clock shows 93,000Kms (58,000 miles).
Inspired by Bertone’s Alfa-based styling exercise penned by Marcello Gandini that had been exhibited at the 1967 Montreal Expo, the two-seater Montreal coupé debuted at the Geneva Salon in 1970. Unlike the Expo prototype that used Alfa’s 1.6-litre four-cylinder engine, the production Montreal used a ‘civilised’ version of the T33 sports prototype’s four-cam V8. Designed with the classic endurance races in mind, this unit had started life in 2.0-litre form back in 1967 and would demonstrate considerable scope for enlargement. An opportunity to supply engines for the Australia/New Zealand Tasman Series prompted the first stretch to 2.5 litres, which was followed by further enlargement to 3.0 litres, in which form the Alfa engine was used in Formula 1 by McLaren. Campaigned by the factory-backed Autodelta team, the 2.0-litre T33s were frequent class winners in international sports car races, but for outright honours were more often than not out-gunned by the larger-engined Porsches and Ferraris despite the subsequent increases in capacity.
Alfa’s V8 first appeared in a road car in the T33 Stradale of 1967. The limited edition Stradale had used the V8 in its original 2.0-litre form, but for the Montreal the 2.5-litre unit was preferred. Producing 200bhp at 6,500rpm courtesy of electronic ignition and Spica mechanical fuel injection, the Montreal’s front-mounted, dry-sump engine drove the rear wheels via a five-speed ZF gearbox. Sourced from the contemporary Giulia 1750GTV, the running gear comprised independent front suspension and live rear axle plus disc brakes all round. Aided by its slippery, fastback body styling, the Montreal was good for a top speed of 137mph (220km/h) and in spite of the hefty price tag proved very popular. A total of 3,925 cars had been produced when production ceased in 1977, only a relative handful of which were completed with the full 3.0-litre engine. Very few road cars can claim an engine with antecedents in both long-distance sports car racing and Formula 1, but the Alfa Romeo Montreal is one of them.
This exterior of this wonderful example presents smartly with no significant dents or scratches. The paint work is in very good condition and we believe the car has been repainted relatively recently. All 4 wheels are in excellent condition and there's a spare in the boot.
The interior is in nice condition; there is some wear to the drivers seat as you would expect for a car of this age and mileage.
This was was supplied new by Centro Auto s.n.c. in Napoli in 1972 and was then imported to the UK in October of 2010. The history file contains the UK V5, a copy of the original workshop manual and some magazine excerpts relating to the car.
Alfa Romeo Montreals are one of the rarest and most desirable coupes of the early 70s. A supercar by any standard, they are extremely individual and this would form the centre piece of a lovely classic car collection.