1975 Alfa Romeo Montreal 2.6-Litre Coupé Coachwork by Bertone Registration no. JUC 775N Chassis no. 1440227 Engine no. AR10564
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. 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 2.6-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 rare, right-hand drive Montreal was sold new via the Alan Day dealership and owned by the Kaye family until 1987. In the vendor's possession since 2000, 'JUC 775N' has been kept serviced and well maintained, and in the summer of 2011 completed a tour of England and Scotland without incident. The car is offered with sundry invoices, Swansea V5 document and fresh MOT.