1973  Alfa Romeo  Montreal Coupé  Chassis no. AR 1426316

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1973 Alfa Romeo Montreal Coupé
Coachwork by Carrozzeria Bertone Chassis no. AR 1426316

Sold for € 74,750 (US$ 88,451) inc. premium
1973 Alfa Romeo Montreal Coupé
Coachwork by Carrozzeria Bertone

Chassis no. AR 1426316
•Competition-derived four-cam V8 engine
•Resident in Italy from new until 2013
•Highly original condition
•Original colour scheme

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 the Montreal's version displaced 2,593cc. 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 ZF five-speed gearbox. Sourced from the contemporary Giulia 1750GTV, the running gear comprised independent front suspension and a live rear axle plus disc brakes all round. Aided by its slippery, fastback body, the Montreal was good for a top speed of 220km/h (137mph) and in spite of the hefty price tag proved very popular. A total of 3,925 cars had been completed when production ceased in 1977, only a relative handful of which were built 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 beautiful Montreal was first registered to its original owner in the Italian province of Ascoli Piceno on 15th June 1973, and remained in that province until 2013. Presented in its original livery of red with black velvet cloth interior, the car currently displays a total of just under 22,000 kilometres on the odometer, and judging from its condition, this is very likely to be the true distance covered from new. The paint is believed to be original, while the interior still has the original clear plastic protection to the outer sides of the driver's and passenger's foot wells. The Montreal was purchased by the current vendor in 2013 for his large private collection in the UK, and since acquisition has been looked after by his in-house mechanic. This stunning car is offered with its original Italian libretto, cancelled Certificato di Proprietà as well as the ASI certificate and ASI gold plaque. A unique chance to purchase a highly original Alfa Romeo Montreal – a stunning example of Bertone design.

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1973  Alfa Romeo  Montreal Coupé  Chassis no. AR 1426316
1973  Alfa Romeo  Montreal Coupé  Chassis no. AR 1426316
1973  Alfa Romeo  Montreal Coupé  Chassis no. AR 1426316
1973  Alfa Romeo  Montreal Coupé  Chassis no. AR 1426316
1973  Alfa Romeo  Montreal Coupé  Chassis no. AR 1426316
1973  Alfa Romeo  Montreal Coupé  Chassis no. AR 1426316
1973  Alfa Romeo  Montreal Coupé  Chassis no. AR 1426316
1973  Alfa Romeo  Montreal Coupé  Chassis no. AR 1426316
1973  Alfa Romeo  Montreal Coupé  Chassis no. AR 1426316
1973  Alfa Romeo  Montreal Coupé  Chassis no. AR 1426316
1973  Alfa Romeo  Montreal Coupé  Chassis no. AR 1426316
1973  Alfa Romeo  Montreal Coupé  Chassis no. AR 1426316
1973  Alfa Romeo  Montreal Coupé  Chassis no. AR 1426316
1973  Alfa Romeo  Montreal Coupé  Chassis no. AR 1426316
1973  Alfa Romeo  Montreal Coupé  Chassis no. AR 1426316
1973  Alfa Romeo  Montreal Coupé  Chassis no. AR 1426316
1973  Alfa Romeo  Montreal Coupé  Chassis no. AR 1426316
1973  Alfa Romeo  Montreal Coupé  Chassis no. AR 1426316
1973  Alfa Romeo  Montreal Coupé  Chassis no. AR 1426316
1973  Alfa Romeo  Montreal Coupé  Chassis no. AR 1426316
1973  Alfa Romeo  Montreal Coupé  Chassis no. AR 1426316
1973  Alfa Romeo  Montreal Coupé  Chassis no. AR 1426316
1973  Alfa Romeo  Montreal Coupé  Chassis no. AR 1426316
1973  Alfa Romeo  Montreal Coupé  Chassis no. AR 1426316
1973  Alfa Romeo  Montreal Coupé  Chassis no. AR 1426316
1973  Alfa Romeo  Montreal Coupé  Chassis no. AR 1426316
1973  Alfa Romeo  Montreal Coupé  Chassis no. AR 1426316
1973  Alfa Romeo  Montreal Coupé  Chassis no. AR 1426316
1973  Alfa Romeo  Montreal Coupé  Chassis no. AR 1426316
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