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1975 Alfa Romeo Montreal : Classic Cars

The world first saw the Montreal at Expo '67 in Montréal, Quebec, Canada. Presented as a concept car, it was stylistically different from previous Alfa.

Built as a 2+2 coupé, the Montreal was distinguished by its front headlight treatment by designer Marcello Gandini fitted. He fitted the headlights beind four unusual grilles. By the time the car reached prodcution in 1970, these were replaced by larger, single panels. Other unique details include a hood-mounted NACA duct and nonfunctional slats behind the doors.

The first two prototypes were powered by an inline-4 from the Alfa Romeo Giulia, but the production version was much more serious. Instead it was powered by 90° V8, with competition features like dry-sump lubrication and SPICA fuel injection. This was a derivative of the same potent V8 which was used in the Alfa Romeo 33 racecar.

Chassis details were lended from the Giulia GTV including its double wishbone front suspension with a live axle in the rear.

Almost 4000 Montreals were produced from 1970 to 1977. Ironically, none were ever sold in Montreal because Alfa Romeo was limited to European markets.

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