1974 Alfa Romeo Montreal - SOLD
1974 Alfa Romeo Montreal
Incredibly Rare, One of 3,917 Cars Produced (100~ in the United States)
Complete Professional Engine Rebuild <500 Miles - A Lovely Unrestored Example
A Low Mileage, Rapidly Appreciating Example of Alfa Romeo's Exotic Car _____________________________________________
The Alfa Romeo Montreal is arguably the most exotic production automobile that Alfa Romeo ever built. The Montreal, a 2+2 coupe sports car, was introduced as a concept car in 1967 at Expo 67, held in Montreal, Canada. Originally, the concept cars were displayed without any model name, but the public took to calling it the Montreal. The first production car was shown at the 1970 Geneva Motor Show. Since the concept car was already unofficially known as the Montreal, Alfa Romeo kept this model name in production. A total of 3,917 were produced from 1970 to 1977 with the design remaining relatively unchanged. Approximately 100 are believed to be in the U.S. As new, the Montreal was more expensive to buy than either the Jaguar E-Type, or the Porsche 911.
The car was powered by an aluminum alloy quad-cam 2.6 liter fuel-injected dry sump V8 producing 197 hp and 173 lb-ft of torque with a redline of 7000 rpm; strong power for a V8 of the era. A 5-speed ZF manual gearbox and a limited-slip differential completed the drivetrain. The suspension was independent front and live rear axle, with coil springs. Disc brakes were used all around. Stylistically, the most eye catching feature is the car's front end with four headlamps partly covered by unusual grilles that retract when the lights are switched on. Another stylistic element is the NACA duct on the hood. The prominent slats behind the doors contain the cabin vents.
Specifications of the Montreal are:
• Length 166.1 inches
• Wheelbase 92.5 inches
• Width 65.8 inches
• Height 47.4 inches
• Curb weight 2800 lbs.
• Top speed 137 mph
• 0-62 mph - 7.2 seconds
• Standing ¼ mile under 15 seconds
This particular car is a rare example of a well maintained, unrestored, largely original survivor. The odometer reads only 52,588 km (32,658 mi) and is reported as being actual by the cars current owner. The mileage history contained in the extensive file supports the mileage as does the overall condition of the Alfa Romeo. The Montreal is ready to be driven, shown, and enjoyed without major expenditures or concern after a costly, comprehensive engine rebuild.
This car has a fascinating history that traces the car back to original ownership by Mr. Edgar Martin Arguello Jaenz in Nicaragua. The extensive file of historical documents begins in 1980 when the car was sold by Mr. Jaenz to Mr. Richard Frank Ramirez, and imported to San Francisco with a California Registration card issued to Mr. Ramirez on 5/2/1979 (original and unused registration sticker included). The file documents that Mr. Ramirez retained ownership of the Montreal from 1979 until 2011, over 37 years, when the car transferred ownership to the current, prominent Italian enthusiast / collector in the San Francisco Bay area.
During the last 35+ years the car saw minimal use accumulating fewer than 20,000 kilometers (13,500 miles) during which time it received ongoing maintenance and repairs that are well documented in the file. In the 1988 time frame, after accumulating costly components for a complete engine rebuild (top and bottom end), the car was stored in a basement for over 20 years. It was never disassembled, and remained in incredibly nice, unaltered condition due to being stored inside for an extended period of time.
In 2011 the car was rescued and received the care and attention that it deserved. The car received cosmetic freshening without disturbing the cars original paint, interior, and other valuable, difficult to locate components. Brakes, suspension and other mechanical components were evaluated, and the Alfa received whatever attention was necessary to make it a reliable classic.
Important documentation includes the Montreal is registered in Bruce Taylor's book Montreal - "The Essential Companion” (the definitive Alfa Romeo Montreal publication) as a 1974 Left Hand Drive Produced Car (One of 78 in the Registry) carrying the ID #8719.
Within the past 500 miles, the engine has been completely rebuilt by a San Francisco Bay area Italian repair facility with 30+ years of experience. Details in the form a receipt documenting the engine rebuild are available upon request by interested buyers. A summary of the work performed is listed below but too comprehensive to detail in this narrative:
- Complete top & bottom end rebuild of V8 32 valve original Alfa Montreal engine
- Mechanical fuel injection pump rebuilt by well-known Alfa Romeo specialist Wes Ingram
- Complete valve job, re-machine cams, new bearings, machine thrust bearings, etc.
- Service both oil pumps to specs
- Replace clutch, slave and related components
- Install new electronic ignition
- Replace all hoses (oil, fuel gas), clamps & plugs
- Major tune to specifications
- Jet coat header
- Clean & detail all components and engine compartment
Please contact us if you have an interest in discussing the mechanical details / history of the car and we will gladly share additional information with qualified, serious prospective buyers.
The Alfa just returned from a scenic 400 mile trip with the owner's Ferrari club as a "shakedown” cruise to Carmel California from the Bay area and back. It runs extremely well, does not leak, smoke, or exhibit any drivability problems.
The Montreal is an absolute delight to drive. The fresh engine starts immediately whether cold or hot, and the engine pulls very strong with excellent power. The transmission is very strong with no shifting issues, excellent syncromesh gears including 2nd gear. The suspension is compliant and the brakes are firm, properly adjusted, and stop the car evenly. The emergency brake is adjusted correctly and functional. The car passed California's required safety inspection and is exempt from California smog as a result of the vintage of the car.
Cosmetically the car emphasizes originality and is in very good, original complete and in its original configuration. The red paint is largely original showing only slight areas of touch up that are well done. Paint coverage is very good with excellent panel fit and the appearance of all original factory doors, hood and deck lid. An inspection of the cars undercarriage by independent inspectors confirms our conclusion that the car has not had any accident damage front or rear or on any other panels. The cars undercoating (shown in photos) may be factory but, in any event has been in place for many years (prior to 1980 based on the file history) and there are no signs of rot, rust through or damage to the Uni-body.
There is no exterior rust and every indication is that the Alfa has not been painted or received any body work since prior to 1980, if at all. There are some defects forward on the hood duct that appear to have been filled with lead (?) and consist of a small imperfection toward the front of the hood. There a few minor chips on the car including the right front fender just forward of the windshield plus some touched-up chips. The black paint on the hood duct is slightly chipped. Both chrome bumpers and all stainless trim strips are in excellent unrestored condition. The grille is very nice and the valences under both the front and rear bumpers are good. The car has dual outside rear view mirrors by Vilaloni and twin chrome exhaust tips. All glass is excellent. The Alfa Romeo finned alloy wheels are good and virtually new (<400 miles) tires. Overall, the car is visually impressive and from a short distance many admirers mistake it for a restored example.
The black interior is in very good unrestored condition and presents a nice contrast to the red exterior. The black cloth seats are good with one small split in the trim of the passenger seat in an obscure location. The original white/gray padded headliner is in excellent condition. The black carpeting and both door panels are good. The black dash pad has a few cracks perpendicular to the windshield. The sill plates are shiny and bear the Alfa Romeo name. The wood steering wheel is high gloss and free from mars and ring marks. The air horns are functional including the switch that changes them from city to highway tone. Both doors open and close well and have straight factory proper gaps. We can find no indication of a history of body damage or panel replacement. The trunk is very solid and fitted with black fabric. The full size spare has an original wheel and older tire that have not been restored. The spare tire well and inner rear of the car show no damage and similar originality to the rest of the Alfa.
The engine bay is strikingly neat and clean, a result of the very recent engine rebuild. The original factory recommended lubricant sticker remains under the hood. The underside of the car, while not detailed, is California clean, tidy and free from any previous or current damage. The car is ready to be driven, shown and enjoyed without major expenditures.
This is a rare Alfa Romeo with V8 engine is reminiscent in many ways to the Maserati Ghibli, but far more rare and just that bit more bespoke. It is a superb car to drive, with great sound, power and handling to match. The Alfa Montreal is great automobile for both around town and cross-country or cross-continental touring pleasure.
If you have been searching for a standout example of one of Alfa's rarest and most exotic cars, this car is certainly one to consider. Included with the car are a car cover and a copy of the thick, shop manual.
We ask that interested buyers contact us for additional specific information and details and appreciate your interest in this rare 1974 Alfa Montreal.
Classic Cars Ltd.
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