1974 Alfa Romeo Montreal
The Alfa Romeo story began in June 1910 when A.L.F.A (Anonima Lombarda Fabbrica Automobili) was founded in Milan, Italy. Their first car, the 24hp, was a great success and the Alfa name became synonymous with motor racing in the early years. In 1915 Nicola Romeo took over the company and during war time its focus was on military equipment, however, it wanted to build cars. Soon after the very first Alfa Romeo motor vehicle, the Torpedo 20-30 hp was built.
Through until the 1950’s Alfa Romeo was responsible for some of the most exclusive road cars and most successful race cars ever built. Following the Second World War the company was in financial difficulty and it decided a change in direction was necessary to survive, and rather than hand build luxury sporting cars it decided to focus on mass production. Hence, the Alfa Romeo Giulietta Sprint was born. Alfa got the formula right and as testament to the success of this model the car was in production for over a decade from 1954 through until 1965.
Throughout the 1950’s and 60’s Alfa Romeo built a number of different models including four door sedans, two door coupes and convertibles, however, regardless of the model their cars always had a sporting edge. They were a ‘driver’s car’ first and foremost.
The 750/101 series cars and later the 105 series cars were great value for money and very popular the world over, however, they were essentially ‘entry level’ sporting cars. By the mid 1960’s Alfa Romeo wanted to build a high performance sports car, reminiscent of days gone when Alfa Romeo was seen at the upper echelon of automotive marques. Enter the Alfa Romeo Montreal! A concept car was first shown in 1967 at Expo 67, held in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. So the story goes the car did not have a name at that time and it was aptly dubbed ‘Montreal’ by the car world. It was a name that stuck. The Bertone design is unique and regarded by many as one of his finest.
The car took some time to develop and the first ‘production car’ was shown at the 1970 Geneva Motor Show, though cars weren’t actually built until 1971. The Montreal was designed to compete with the likes of the Porsche 911 and Jaguar E-Type, which it did very well. Though more expensive than both, Montreal sales were strong and from 1971 to 1978 just over 3,900 cars were built, of which only circa 180 were factory right hand drive.
Oldtimer Australia is delighted to confirm the private sale of an Australian delivered, factory right hand drive Alfa Romeo Montreal.
File photo of a similar car is shown.
- Alfa Romeo Montreal