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Coachwork by Bertone
Based on a pair of acclaimed prototypes designed by the young Marcello Gandini for Bertone and displayed at Montreal’s Expo ’67, the production Alfa Romeo Montreal was indeed a “dream car come true” on its March 1970 debut at Geneva. Consistently ranked among the world’s most beautiful cars, the Montreal was powered to match with a fuel-injected DOHC V-8 derived from Alfa Romeo’s famed Tipo 33 sportsracer. At most 3,925 examples were constructed, with an estimated 100 imported stateside.
Well known to marque enthusiasts due to its sustained success on the show field, this particular outstanding example was imported to the US in 1985 by the owner of California’s Alfa Ricambi for a client, according to its EPA paperwork. Registration paperwork from importation to the present accompanies the sale of the car and document 15 years under the prior owner, a former president of the Arizona chapter of the Alfa Romeo Owners Club (AROC), followed by the stewardship of the knowledgeable consignor, who acquired the Montreal approximately two years ago.
Extremely successful on the show field, this Montreal has won First Place awards under AROC scrutiny in 1992, 1996, 1998, 2002, and 2005. In print, the coupe was featured in the 1998 Concorso Italiano event program and the February 2002 edition of Special Interest Autos. At the September 2013 Santa Fe Concorso, the Montreal continued to show very well in stiff competition, placing Second in Class behind only the Best of Show-winning Ferrari 275 N.A.R.T. Spider. On long-distance tours, the Alfa Romeo has proven itself very well, having completed the September 2012 Going to the Sun rally from Scottsdale to Montana and the Copperstate 1000 in April 2013.
Since then, the Montreal received comprehensive yet sympathetic attention to virtually every mechanical system with emphasis on originality, mechanical excellence, and reliability. The engine was removed to facilitate replacement of the water-pump bearing and seals, plus a swap of the steering box in favor of a new upgraded aluminum unit. Noted expert Wes Ingram rebuilt the fuel-injection pump and all-new injectors, thermostatic actuator, and cold-start solenoid were installed. Inside, the steering wheel was refinished, new foam seat inserts were fitted with the original fabric seat covers retained, and all interior and exterior stainless trim has been polished to correct “as-new” appearance. The Montreal retains its original glass, and all instruments including the clock work as they should. Original documents accompanying the Montreal include its libretto di servizio (service book) showing maintenance stamps through June 1971 at 17,930 documented kilometers and the original warranty card. Always lovingly maintained, this highly collectible 1971 Alfa Romeo Montreal presents in top form and offers an inspired blend of Marcello Gandini’s design genius and Alfa Romeo’s engineering prowess. Once seen as a design ahead of its time, the Montreal now enjoys ever-increasing popularity for Alfa Romeo enthusiasts and Italian car lovers alike.