Displacement: 2,593 cc
Horsepower: 227 bhp @ 6,500 rpm
Engine Torque: 199 ft lb @ 4,750 rpm
Top Speed: 140 mph
0 - 60 mph: 6.5 seconds
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In 1910, five years before A.L.F.A. (Anonima Lombarda Fabbrica Automobili) became Alfa Romeo (after Neapolitan businessman, Nicola Romeo took the reins, in 1915), they created their now familiar logo. This featured the Milanese symbol of a red cross on a white background on one side and, rather unsettlingly, a serpent with a man in its mouth on the other. Whilst the use of the cross is obvious (the company was based in Milan), the man-chewing snake part, was less so. It was, in fact, the symbol of an ancient, ruling family of Milan, the Viscontis and, legend has it, that the reptilian element of their coat-of-arms, was taken from the shield of a Saracen knight, vanquished by Otone Visconti during one of the crusades. Apparently, the A.L.F.A. board thought this was pretty cool and so, decided to incorporate it into the logo! Subsequently, it has graced the grilles of some of the most exciting cars ever built, including this one.
Taking their name from the Montreal Expo World Fair in 1967, where they were first introduced, these stunning 2+2 coupes, designed by Marcello Gandini (of Lamborghini Miura fame), were intended to represent "Man's Highest Aspiration in the Automotive Field". Though the two original concept cars from the show were only fitted with a four-cylinder engine, when production began in earnest in 1970, a detuned version of the Alfa Tipo 33's V8 could be found nestled under the hood. This in turn, was coupled to a five-speed ZF gearbox and between them, they imbued the car with fantastic performance that matched its outrageous looks.
Never sold new in the States (or in Canada, ironically), this car was brought in to the US in 1985 and was in the long-term ownership of a Santa Barbara, California doctor until it was bought by the last owner, in 2014. He stripped the car to bare metal and completely repainted and retrimmed it, in a photo documented restoration along with a mechanical overhaul. Consequently, the car now looks, runs & drives beautifully.
Long overlooked in the roster of classic European supercars, with their amazing looks and low production, Montreals are finally starting to get the recognition that they deserve. Currently however, their price is still well below that of some of their less-deserving and more commonplace country-mates, making this an ideal opportunity to pick up a very nicely restored example, before they are out of the reach of mere mortals!