• Chassis # AR 1440210
  • Engine # AR 00565 S 010
  • A Matching Numbers Example Finished In Its Original Factory Delivered Colors
  • 1 of 104 Right-Hand Drive Examples Delivered New To Australia
  • Offered Out Of Long-Term Enthusiast Ownership
  • Sale Includes Factory Tools, Jack, And Spare Wheel

This car is currently located in: Pontiac, MI

The Overview

From its inception, the name Alfa Romeo has been synonymous with Italian engineering and design. Founded in 1910, the company has a rich history of producing some of the most iconic and beautiful cars ever made. From the early days of the Alfa Romeo Grand Prix cars, which dominated motorsports in the 1920s, to the elegant and powerful road cars of the 1950s and 1960s, Alfa Romeo has always been at the forefront of automotive innovation.

The Alfa Romeo Montreal was a genuine departure from the typical Alfa Romeo design ethos. First introduced as a concept car in 1967 at Expo 67, held in Montreal, Quebec, the response from the public was so positive that Alfa Romeo had to put the car into production. The Montreal was designed to appeal to a more youthful, sporty market, which they accomplished by bringing in Marcello Gandini to pen a fresh new design that featured a distinctive front grille, pop-up headlights, and a sleek, coupe-like body. The interior was equally impressive, with leather seats and a well-appointed dashboard.

Alfa Romeo once again stepped out of the box by equipping the car with a DOHC V8 engine, derived from the 2-liter V8 utilized in their 33 Stradale and Tipo 33 racing cars. The Montreal’s 2.6-liter V8 engine produced around 200 horsepower, which was quite impressive for its time. The engine was paired with a ZF five-speed manual transmission coupled with a limited-slip differential. Additionally, the Montreal featured Spica fuel injection, a relatively new feature at the time. These mechanical features, along with the car’s lightweight body, helped to make the Montreal not only a gorgeous vehicle but also quite the performer as well.

Today, the Alfa Romeo Montreal remains highly sought-after by collectors and enthusiasts alike. Its combination of performance, style, and Italian heritage mean it ticks all the boxes for desirability. With only 3,925 units produced from 1971 through 1977, it is unlikely you will see another one driving down the road or even at other car events. 

The example on offer here, Chassis # AR 1440210, is 1 of 104 right-hand drive examples that was delivered new to Australia. It is a numbers-matching example that currently has 41,257 original miles on the odometer. Although the car’s early history is a bit vague, we know it was manufactured in October of 1974 and delivered to the far-off destination of Australia.

It appears that the car spent the first few years of its life in the Melbourne area until May 2 1987, when the current owner and consignor purchased the car from Prestige Classic Autos of Melbourne. Shortly after purchasing the Montreal, the current consignor was transferred to Cologne, Germany, for work, and the Alfa followed him there. While in Germany, the Montreal was used to explore the winding backroads and beautiful mountainscapes the country has to offer. In 1992 the consignor was again transferred for work, this time to the USA, and once again, the Alfa followed along. 

When they arrived in Michigan, they immediately joined the local chapter of the Alfa Romeo Owners Club and began showing and displaying their wonderful Montreal. Shortly after arriving stateside, #0201 was awarded best in class at the “Italian Happenings,” held in Grosse Pointe, Michigan in 1993. 0210 would go on to be shown many more times throughout the mid-west since and has been awarded numerous prizes and ribbons. Throughout the years, the car was always kept in immaculate condition, both cosmetically and mechanically, as can be seen by its presence at the 2022 Concours d’Elegance of Detroit, where the car again won best in class. 

Despite its numerous Concourse appearance, this Montreal is anything but a garage queen. Not only was it driven extensively throughout Germany and the rest of Europe during the owner’s time spent there, but it has also done numerous long-distance road rallies both here in the USA and also in Canada. 0210 has also successfully completed 3 Michigan Mille events, covering over 1,000 miles on each outing. Given its regular spirited use, it is quite clear that the mechanical nature of this car has been just as cared for as the cosmetics. 

As it sits today, this 1974 Alfa Romeo Montreal is a fantastic example, with both the provenance and careful ownership that anyone would hope for when looking to invest in a beautiful piece of Italian workmanship. With its striking design and powerful V8 engine, the Montreal broke the mold for Alfa Romeo. This step outside of the box has contributed to the collectability of the car and will undoubtedly continue to drive strong desire and prices for these excellent Alfa Romeo automobiles. 

Included with the sale of the vehicle are the factory tools, jack, and spare wheel. 

The Details

exterior

body and paint

The Rosso 521 exterior paint appears in excellent condition throughout the car. It is consistent without any major blemishes or noticeable flaws. The body is straight, and the panels have appropriate gaps where they align. The one small imperfection is on the headlight covers where there is a slight chip in the left side cover.

glass and trim

The glass appears to be the original factory units all the way around with all rubber trim original and in a nice, supple condition, free of any cracking or obvious aging. The lenses, trim, mirrors, emblems, etc., are all in excellent condition with no issues to note. The front lip on the bottom of the bumper was recently repainted and is in very good condition.

wheels

The wheels are correct and original to the car. They present in really nice condition with no scuffs or scratches.

interior

seats and surfaces

The interior presents nicely and is well preserved. The seats are in great shape with no wear on the bolsters. The only slight issue on the dashboard is some minor cracking around the middlemost air vent register.

functionality and accessories

Everything on the interior works as it should, including the power windows.

engine bay and trunk

engine bay

The engine bay presents very nicely with all the correct hoses and other fittings. No obvious issues to note.

trunk area

The carpet-lined trunk is in good condition and houses the full-sized spare tire underneath.

Underside

The underside is very presentable and well-preserved. Overall it is in good condition and matches the mileage.

mechanicals

engine

The 2.6L V8 fires to life immediately without any issues to note. The car revs freely and sounds as it should, with no unwanted noises, no smoke. The exhaust note is very muscle car in nature and gives off a pleasant rumble.

transmission

The ZF sourced 5-Speed manual transmission slots right into gear with clearly defined gates and a nice amount of resistance. The clutch pedal has a stiff, but easy to modulate action.

brakes and suspension

The brakes bring the car to a controlled stop with no issues. The Koni shocks are taut but not overly so and are in good order.

tires

The tires are Pirelli Cinturatos size 205/70/R14 dated to 2018 and have just completed a 1000 mile rally without issue, and are ready for more miles.

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