Alfa Romeo Montreal 2,6
Nuccio Bertone handed his brilliant designer Marcello Gandini the task of sculpting the lines of the new Montreal and Gandini who was also the mastermind of the Lamborghini Miura created a stunningly elegant car with clean lines and subtle contours. Several stylistic elements such as the upswept curves of the side windows, the very raked wind screen and the graceful body hips over the rear wheels can easily be recognized from the Miura.
Of course such a car needed powerful engine, and Carlo Chiti in Alfa’s racing department Autodelta had just the right engine. The V8 engine from the Tipo 33 sports prototypes developed in full race trim up to 350 HP. To make the high strung race engine more drivable for the road Alfa used more civilized camshafts, smaller valves, lowered the compression and changed the bore and stroke to 80 mm and 64.6 mm respectively to get an over square engine of 2.6 liter capacity developing 200 BHP.
Many of the expensive race parts was kept in the Montreal engine from the forged steel crank shaft to the vibration damped con rods in tungsten alloy and pistons in special light weight aluminum. The Spica mechanical injection has some elaborate induction ram stacks that was concealed in the air filter box and 2 Bosch fuel pumps delivered the food to the dry sump oiled engine.
All race bred technology that easily matched that from the high class competition from Ferrari and Maserati. For the transmission Alfa opted for the German ZF 5-speed with dog leg 1st, an immensely strong gearbox that over the years has proved to be almost indestructible. The body was sent from Bertones small production line to a purpose built new facility in Grugliasco for a complete rust preventive process of zinc phosphate and electrophoresis treatment that was probably the most advanced of its days.
Off course all this high tech came at a cost and for the price of one Montreal the buyer could choose to put both a Jaguar E-Type roadster and an E-type coupe in his garage for the same money.
Chassis number AR1425967 was manufactured on the 8th of February 1972 and delivered to Alfa Romeo in Frankfurt. It came to Denmark in 2008 and in 2013 we restored this beautiful car ourselves. It was disassembled to receive a professional paint in Arancia, one of the original and most beautiful colors for the Montreal. The upholstery was completely redone in thick black leather and underbody had a lot of new bushings, brake parts etc.
During those latest years its one Danish owner has covered only 4.491 km and this gorgeous Montreal is still in stunningly beautiful condition.