“The most beautiful connection between two points is an Alfa Romeo”, advertised Alfa Romeo 1971 to their newly launched model Montreal.
The 1967 sports coupe was presented at the Expo 1967 in Montreal for the first time, which gave it its name.
It was a prototype study, designed especially for the Expo by Marcello Gandini at Bertone. The Gulia models from Alfa Romeo served as a basis. The carburetor engines developed for the TI version were also installed in the very first models. During the presentation at the Expo, the enthusiasm for the Montreal was so big that Alfa Romeo decided to go in production with this model three years later in 1970.
Again and again the air inlets behind the doors were a cause for discussion. It has often been assumed that the Montreal is equipped with a mid-engine. But Already from Begin on, the Alfa Romeo Montreal had a front-engine. However, the engineers suspected that the TI engine would not be sufficient in terms of performance and so replaced it for the serial production with a slightly modified V8 engine from the racing car Tipo 33/2.
In order to achieve the roadworthiness, the compression of the racing engine was reduced, the displacement was increased and each cylinder received one spark plug. Nevertheless, the 1270 kg Montreal, with its 2,6 liters and a power of 194 hp reaches a top speed of 225 km / h.
The V8 engine has a mechanical injection.
The suspension is very comfortable. Because of time deficiency, it was simply taken over during the development phase from the series 105 sedan / coupé model Giulia, GTJ and GTV.
The interior decoration is very extensive for the conditions at that time. Sporty seats provide additional driving comfort.
The folding headlights are operated by a vacuum and fold down when required. However, the headlights can also be operated with the flaps closed. For this purpose, sight slots are integrated into the flaps.
Altogether, only 3925 models were produced by the Alfa Romeo Montreal from 1971 to 1977. There was no successor yet.