Alfa Romeo has an enviable automotive heritage and pedigree; from iconic racing cars in the classic era to its collaboration with Enzo Ferrari, few marques can compare. Lightning struck again when the company premiered a concept car for the 1967 International and Universal Exposition (“Expo 67”) in Montreal, Canada. Using the 1.6-liter Giulia TI engine, with a 2+2 coupe design by Marcelo Gandini of Bertone—who garnered acclaim for his design for the Lamborghini Miura—Alfa created two concept cars. The cars were displayed without a model name, but were soon referred to as the Montreal.
Gandini’s Alfa was another masterpiece and the company had a sensation on its hands; and that strong interest led the firm to put the car into production, with some notable changes. The car premiered at the 1970 Geneva Motor show featuring a V8 dual overhead-cam engine with dry sump lubrication, based on the 2-liter used in the Tipo 33 prototype race car—with a staggering redline of 7,000 rpm—tied to a ZF 5-speed manual transmission. The car also featured aluminum alloy construction—its chassis derived from the Giulia GTV coupé. From 1971 to 1975, production of the Montreal amounted to just 3,925 cars, and it was more expensive to purchase than a Porsche 911 and a Jaguar E-Type. The first owner was a Mr. Codega Antonio from Saronno. The car was believed to have been imported by a Mr. Luis Rodriguez of Florida circa 1985 (the import documents survive), and was thereafter purchased by a Mr. Richard Larsen of Oregon. The current owner purchased the car from Mr. Larsen in 2011, knowing that the fuel injection had been rebuilt (with no issues arising in his five years of ownership), new carpets were likely installed, and the car had been repainted. The current owner has enjoyed this car for years, and informs that this is a rust free example with new tires, a correct new exhaust system, an Alpine sound system (with Bluetooth), and though it doesn’t come with tools, it does have its original spare wheel, which is difficult to source. Most of the interior remains original except for the trunk, which was reupholstered. The owner has approximately $14 thousand in invoices and receipts covering his attention to the car, and has an English and the original Italian owner’s manual and other related material for the car.
The car was proudly shown at the very competitive 2013 San Marino Motor Classic (the successor of the Los Angeles Concours d’Elegance), where it won second place in the very competitive “Alfa Romeo Giulia Series 1968 Thru 1976” class. This show example is ready for its next owner to enjoy on the automotive concours fields and on the road!