1972 Alfa Romeo Montreal  Chassis no. AR1426457
Lot 220
1972 Alfa Romeo Montreal
Chassis no. AR1426457
Sold for €35,650 (US$ 41,525) inc. premium

Les Grandes Marques à Monaco

18 May 2009, 16:00 CEST

Monte Carlo

Lot Details
1972 Alfa Romeo Montreal  Chassis no. AR1426457 1972 Alfa Romeo Montreal  Chassis no. AR1426457 1972 Alfa Romeo Montreal  Chassis no. AR1426457 1972 Alfa Romeo Montreal  Chassis no. AR1426457 1972 Alfa Romeo Montreal  Chassis no. AR1426457 1972 Alfa Romeo Montreal  Chassis no. AR1426457
1972 Alfa Romeo Montreal
Coachwork by Bertone

Chassis no. AR1426457
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 lovely Alfa Romeo Montreal is finished in black with beige interior, the latter equipped with air conditioning, and displays a total of only 8,251 kilometres on the odometer. Believed to be the distance travelled from new, that total is not verifiable but certainly seems to be borne out by the car’s wonderful condition. The car is offered with Gandini service book.

De couleur noire, cette belle Alfa Romeo offre une sellerie beige et son équipement comporte l'air conditionné. Le compteur kilométrique n'affiche que 8 251 km, ce qui semble être la distance parcourue depuis la livraison de la voiture, neuve. Ce chiffre n'est pas vérifiable, mais paraît précisément correspondre au splendide état de la voiture. Elle est offerte accompagnée du livret d'entretien Gandini.
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