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1970 Alfa Romeo Montreal

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The Alfa Romeo Montreal 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. It was a 2+2 coupe using the 1600 cc engine of the Alfa Romeo Giulia Ti and the chassis of the Alfa Romeo Giulia Sprint GT, with a body designed by Marcello Gandini at Bertone. One of the two concept cars built for Expo 67 is displayed in the Alfa Romeo Historical Museum in Arese, Italy, while the other is in museum storage.
The first production car, Tipo 10564, was shown at the 1970 Geneva Motor Show and was quite different from the original, using a 2593 cc 90° dry-sump lubricated V8 engine with SPICA (Società Pompe Iniezione Cassani & Affini) fuel injection that produced around 200 PS (147 kW; 197 hp), coupled to a five-speed ZF manual gearbox and a limited-slip differential. This engine was derived from the 2-litre V8 used in the 33 Stradale and in the Tipo 33 sports prototype racer; its redline was set at 7000 rpm, unheard of for a V8 at that time. The chassis and running gear of the production Montreal were taken from the Giulia GTV coupé and comprised double wishbone suspension with coil springs and dampers at the front and a live axle with limited slip differential at the rear.

Since the concept car was already unofficially known as The Montreal, Alfa Romeo kept the model name in production.

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 bonnet. The duct is actually blocked off since its purpose is not to draw air into the engine, but to optically hide the power bulge. The slats behind the doors contain the cabin vents, but apart from that only serve cosmetic purposes.

The Montreal was more expensive to buy than the Jaguar E-Type or the Porsche 911. When launched in the UK it was priced at GB£5,077, rising to GB£5,549 in August 1972 and to GB£6,999 by mid-1976.

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ErdemDeniz's avatar
Great Shot !!! :)
melkorius's avatar
Appreciated, cheers :D 
OldDuane's avatar
One heck of a car...I've only seen them in photos, but have fallen in love with them.
ocelot232's avatar
Wow, the car is beautiful
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Silvared's avatar
quero um em vermelho......
melkorius's avatar
Gosto mais em verde!...o vermelho já é muito batido para os Alfas :P
Aibo2's avatar
It's a really cool car, sadly it were also extremely prone to rusting.
Very few remain today.
melkorius's avatar
At least we'll stick with good memories ;)
21023's avatar
Wow... The Montreal itself is drool-inducing and I honestly thought it was a photograph. Awesome render!
melkorius's avatar
Thank you so much :D
persefer's avatar
I suggest you to cut from the left tree
melkorius's avatar
tks for the tip ;)
AdamKop's avatar
Haha when I saw this one I skipped it thinking someone just uploaded a photograph :D
The composition is pretty much flawless here ! Nice color and brilliant lighting.
melkorius's avatar
Haaa:D thank you so much Adam, it means a lot to me. It seems i am on the right track then ;)..but the shadow in the car should be better don't you think?
AdamKop's avatar
Yeah you really hit the spot with this one :D I think the shadow looks ok here, since the sky is cloudy and it could be sharp in one place and soft in the next. It looks very realistic on darkening the ground below it so it's all ok.
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darkhound1's avatar
Wow, amazing render. I love the reflexions of the trees and sky :)
melkorius's avatar
Thank you so much friend! :D
arozzi's avatar
Fantastic perspective. I always wondered why they made this car with a front transmission and solid rear axle. Why not use the rear-transaxle and Dedion rear suspension like in the GTV?
melkorius's avatar
That's a hell of a question! :omg:
KonradJanicki's avatar
great looking car, I always loved it design ;)
melkorius's avatar
Its a piece of art :D, thanks for the comment :D
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