1971 Alfa Romeo Montreal

1971 Alfa Romeo Montreal vehicle information

Fastback Coupe
Coachwork: Bertone

Alfa was originally founded in 1906. Nicola Romeo took over and added his name to the 'Alfa' name in 1915. Being a racing enthusiast, he ventured into motor racing and his cars became known all over the world. In the 1920's and 1930's Alfa Romeo s....[continue reading]

1971 Alfa Romeo Montreal vehicle information

Fastback Coupe
Coachwork: Bertone

Chassis Num: AR0056400043
Engine Num: 1425120

Alfa Romeo's supercar concept was shown at the 1967 Expo in Montreal. The production version made its debut at the 1970 Geneva Motor Show. It was powered by a SPICA fuel-injected V8 engine based on Carlo Chiti's famous Tipo 33 unit. The engine was....[continue reading]

1971 Alfa Romeo Montreal vehicle information

Fastback Coupe
Coachwork: Bertone

Chassis Num: AR 1425803
Engine Num: AR00564*00588

The Alfa Romeo Montreal was based on a pair of prototypes designed by Marcello Gandini for Bertone and displayed at Montreal's Export in 1967. The production version made its debut in March of 1970 at Geneva. Power was supplied by a fuel-injected dua....[continue reading]

1971 Alfa Romeo Montreal vehicle information

Fastback Coupe
Coachwork: Bertone

Chassis Num: AR1425545
Engine Num: AR0056400586

Purchased new on February 19, 1972 by Mr. Guy Cudel of Brussels, Belgium, this Montreal was ordered in Nero over Nero color combination which it wears today. Ownership later passed to Mr. A. Tondeur, and then to Mr. Filippo Funcine in Italy. It was t....[continue reading]

1971 Alfa Romeo Montreal vehicle information

Fastback Coupe
Coachwork: Bertone

Chassis Num: AR1425276

This left-hand drive Montreal was manufactured in July 1971 and giving a gold metallic color scheme with beige cloth interior trim. It was sold new in Genoa, Italy and from at least May of 1983 it was French-owned by Mr. B. Poirier who started a full....[continue reading]

Fastback Coupe by Bertone
 
Fastback Coupe by Bertone
Chassis #: AR0056400043 
Fastback Coupe by Bertone
Chassis #: AR 1425803 
Fastback Coupe by Bertone
Chassis #: AR1425545 
Fastback Coupe by Bertone
Chassis #: AR1425276 

History

The Bertone styled Alfa Romeo Montreal was unveiled as a 'styling exercise' at the 1967 Expo in Montreal. The response was phenomenal which drove Alfa Romeo to quickly create the production version which was introduced in 1970. The vehicle featured a V8, similar to the one used in the Type 33, and a top speed in the neighborhood of 130 mph. The chassis was from the 1750 touring car. A five-speed manual gear box and ventilated disc brakes were also used.
The way the vehicles name was derived should be fairly obvious; after the location where it was initially introduced.

This was the fastest production vehicle Alfa had produced to date.


By Daniel Vaughan | Jun 2006
Alfa's latest rock star, the overwhelmingly charismatic 8C, seemed to come out of the blue. While Alfa has always been known for building passionate vehicles that were first rolling works of art and second devices of transportation, their recent model line-up has consisted primarily of rather tame, front-wheel-drive cars for those looking to try out something other than a BMW. The introduction of this new exotic, though, is no break from tradition. Nearly 40 years ago, Alfa Romeo did the exact same thing with their potent Montreal.

Introduced for 1970 after appearing as a prototype in 1967, the Alfa Montreal was a technological flagship. It was innovative, impressive and expensive. While Alfa's pre-war offerings had often been built to the standards of those three words just mentioned, the company's model line consisted of decidedly tamer cars when the Montreal arrived on the scene. Alfa's other sports cars of 1970 were the Spider and the GTV. Both were stylish, sleek, and athletic, but neither were as race-bred and uncompromising as the Montreal.

Predating the Montreal was Alfa's successful racecar, the Tipo 33/2. This model combined fantastic styling with excellent engineering. One of its key features was an easy-revving, small displacement gem of a V8. A detuned version of the 33/2's brilliant engine was dropped into the front of Alfa's Montreal. This motor, with its tidy alloy construction and SPICA mechanical fuel injection, was far ahead of its time. It made 200hp out of just 2.6 liters, a very respectable specific output for a naturally aspirated car. Its high redline and small displacement made it one of the most lively powerhouses of its day.

Not all of the Montreal's mechanicals could match the standards of the car's 2.6 liter heart. The suspension, with a live rear axle and soft springs, let the car lean into corners too much for many enthusiasts. Its unassisted, recirculating ball steering required a slow ratio to be manageable at low speeds, so the car wasn't as agile as many contemporary sports cars. Harping over these shortcomings would be missing the point, though. The Montreal was a Grand Tourer. It was about style, and about the presence of arriving with a trumpeted V8 roar emanating from a voluptuous Italian form.

No analysis of an Alfa could ever be complete without some comments on its design. After all, Alfa Romeo has been working with prestigious designers, coachbuilders, and Italian carrozzeria almost since the company's inception.

Marcello Gandini, the innovative stylist who went on to pen the lines of the influential Lamborghini Countach, designed the Montreal while he was working at Bertone. Nuccio Bertone and the accomplished design house he established had a strong relationship with Alfa, and the choice to go with Bertone was a safe one. But safety aside, the Montreal's design was anything but conservative. The car featured radical details that separated it from its more pedestrian stable mates. Among these were headlight eyebrows that pivoted down only when needed to give the car a clean, menacing look with its headlights off, and a series of horizontal vents in the c-pillar that gave the illusion of a mid-engined car. These vents were, in reality, used for cabin ventilation.

The Montreal sparked new life into Alfa's production cars. Though Alfa had a history of producing drool-worthy driveway ornaments with a magnificent pedigree, the company hadn't put out any thoroughly dramatic automotive sculptures for quite some time. What the Montreal did for the company then is just what the 8C is doing now. These cars are spokespeople for Alfa Romeo, announcing to the world in perfect Italian: 'We've still got it.'

For more information on Alfa Romeo's striking Montreal, visit Bruce Taylor's comprehensive website at http://www.alfamontreal.info/.

By Evan Acuña

1971 Alfa Romeo Concepts

Concepts by Alfa Romeo

Alfa Romeo Monthly Sales Volume

June 2019
1,595
May 2019
1,572
April 2019
1,584
March 2019
1,774
February 2019
1,362
January 2019
1,150
December 2018
1,946
November 2018
1,957
October 2018
1,737
September 2018
1,639
August 2018
2,240
July 2018
2,016
Additional Sales Volume Data


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