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1971 Alfa Romeo Montreal Serial Number AR1425276

 

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We are pleased to offer 1971 Alfa Romeo Montreal s/n AR1425276, ready to go and priced to sell. The Alfa Romeo Montreal is arguably the most exotic of the post-war Alfa production cars, thanks to a detuned version of the quad-cam fuel-injected dry sump V8 used in the legendary Tipo 33 sports prototype racer. With 200 bhp from its 2,593 cc DOHC V-8 engine, Spica mechanical fuel injection, a five-speed ZF S5-18/3 gearbox, front independent suspension, a live rear axle with coil-spring suspension, four-wheel disc brakes, and a chassis derived from the venerable 105-series cars, the Montreal was a sophisticated and striking car. In late 1966 Alfa Romeo was given the honor of creating a conceptual car to define man’’s aspiration for the automobile at the 1967 International and Universal Exposition, held in Montreal, Canada, as part of Canada’s 100 anniversary celebrations. Alfa assigned coachwork duties to Bertone, and the project was spearheaded by Marcelo Gandini, the young designer who had leapt to the forefront of the automotive imagination with the Lamborghini Miura. Indeed, the Alfa Montreal can be viewed as a design and engineering cross between an Alfa GTV and a Lamborghini Miura SV, both of which were bodied by Bertone. Using the same cues that made the Miura so innovative, the new Alfa was wide and low with a shark-like nose extending through a curved fender and shoulder haunches into a truncated tail. The headlight “blinds” and stacked horizontal vents on the C-pillar were attractive, as well as futuristic in concept.

Alfa debuted the Montreal as a production model at the 1970 Geneva Auto Salon. The 90° dry-sump V8 redlined at 7,000 rpm, taking the Montreal from 0 to 60mph in 7.1 seconds with a top speed of nearly 140. While the Montreal offers excellent performance and stunning Marcello Gandini good looks, it also features four seats and a trunk, making it a practical and usable exotic. Ironically, none were ever sold in Montreal because sales were limited to the European market. With a sticker price higher than a Jaguar XKE or Porsche 911, the striking design and exhilarating performance were not enough to tempt many buyers, with just 3,925 examples built between 1971 and 1977. Regardless, the Montreal is a beautifully hand-built Italian sports car worthy of a place in any collection. It is estimated that as few as 100 examples have made their way to the US. Thanks to the substantial enthusiast support and the number of parts shared with more numerous Alfas, a Montreal can be kept in top form without breaking the bank.

The Alfa Romeo historical archive records indicate s/n AR1425276 was manufactured in July 1971 and sold new to Genoa, Italy. The original color scheme was a decidedly 70’s combination of gold metallic with beige cloth interior trim. At some point s/n AR1425276 was registered in Germany as shown by its secondary Alfa Romeo Germany ID plate. By May, 1983, she was French-owned by a Mr. B. Poirier who started a full restoration but never completed the task. Eventually s/n AR1425276 was sold to an enthusiast who split time between France and London. In 2001 s/n AR1425276 was auctioned at Bonhams’ Harrogate sale and sold as a solid yet very complete project that had been repainted red but retained its original interior. In the 2000s the restoration was finally completed including a complete engine overhaul during which many new parts were installed. In 2014 s/n AR1425276 was sold to the US, new head gaskets were installed and the steering box was rebuilt. The work also included a valve job, replacement of the problematic cast alloy steering box housing with a billet unit, gasket replacement, engine tune-up, brake work, and general maintenance at a total of over $16,000 USD. After the aforementioned work has been completed, the car was driven only about 500km before being sold on 04 June, 2017, at the Bonhams’ auction at the Greenwich Concours d′Elegance to a Canadian client. Only months later, in September 2017 s/n AR1425276 was serviced at Engineered Automotive, Toronto, Canada. The invoice included a complete overall and safety inspection, repair wiring for the horn, fabricate windshield wiper linkage, repair a bad ground on the wiper motor, clean the windshield washer hose and nozzle, repair bad wiring to the headlights and install a factory supplied steering wheel. The total invoice was $4,400.39 Cdn. Two months later, in November, the service work at Engineered Automotive was continued. The regulators in both doors were repaired, the driver’s side window switch was replaced, both rear calipers were rebuilt, the brakes were bled, and a compression test showed the following results: 1) 125 2) 125 3) 125 4) 130 5) 125 6) 130 7) 130 8) 125. Additionally, all eight spark plugs were replaced, and the fuel injection system was serviced, the alternator was rebuilt, and the oil pan plug was replaced. The oil cooler was also repaired, and a lube, oil, and filter service were done, plus a diagnose and repair of a coolant leak, the cooling system was flushed and the windshield wiper motor was repaired. A safety inspection was completed. The total invoice was $15,732.12 Cdn. Most recently the oil pan gasket was replaced in December 2017, the invoice was $1,667.68 Cdn. Thanks to the extensive service work by Engineered Automotive, Toronto, Canada, the car is ready to drive, and the engine pulls solidly with plenty of torque and power. The suspension is also solid, and the brakes are strong. The car has an original Alfa Romeo exhaust system (this matters as some aftermarket exhaust systems and pipes bring exhaust fumes back into the car while driving). Except for the clock, all gauges and switches are fully operational.

Cosmetically the car exhibits originality and is in very good condition for its age and mileage. The paintwork has some very minor scratches and some minor stress cracks in the paint in areas where the body flexes. The interior seats, door panels, headliner and carpeted truck all show unusually well. All the stainless bumpers and trim pieces; window frames, door strips and grille are in good unrestored condition. There is no evidence anywhere on the body or underside that the car has ever been in an accident and it is rust-free. Overall, the car makes a strong visual impression and from a few feet away the average person would have a difficult time discerning this car from a freshly restored example ready for show. All the futuristic gauges are in excellent condition, as is the dash. The driver’s floor carpet shows minimal wear, and the factory wood steering wheel is new. The engine bay is clean, and complete. The underside, while not detailed, is straight and solid. The speedo/odo shows 6,887 kms but is more likely that the actual mileage is 106,887 kms.

If you’ve been looking for a ready-to-drive and modestly priced exotic or an example of one of Alfa’s most interesting road cars, this car is for you. Comes with a variety of service records on the car. The next owner can certainly enjoy the car as a nice, older-restoration driver. Priced right at $114,950.

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