The Alfa Romeo Montreal is a two-seater sports car that was produced by the Italian car manufacturer Alfa Romeo from 1970 to 1977. It was first unveiled as a concept car at the Montreal Expo in 1967, which is where it got its name.
The Montreal was designed by Marcello Gandini of Bertone, who was also responsible for designing the Lamborghini Miura and Countach. The car’s striking design features a wedge-shaped profile, pop-up headlights, and a distinctive slotted front grille that has become an iconic feature of the Montreal.
Under the hood, the Montreal was powered by a 2.6-liter V8 engine that produced 200 horsepower and had a top speed of 137 mph. The engine was based on the one used in the Alfa Romeo Tipo 33 sports prototype racer and featured Spica fuel injection. The Montreal also had a five-speed manual transmission and independent suspension all around, which contributed to its excellent handling and performance.
The Montreal was also notable for its advanced technology for the time. It had a unique dry-sump lubrication system that helped to improve the engine’s reliability and longevity, and it also had an electronic ignition system, which was still a relatively new technology at the time.
The Montreal was produced in limited numbers, with a total of 3,917 units built between 1970 and 1977. It was never officially sold in the United States, due to the car’s failure to meet emission regulations, but it was popular in Europe and other parts of the world. The Montreal was also used as a safety car in Formula One races during the 1970s.