Sunday, May 26, 2013

Alfa Romeo Montreal - 1975


ALFA ROMEO MONTREAL ....




Since the 1900s, the name " Alfa Romeo "that needs no introduction, has largely marked the world's automotive footprint. This is an Italian automobile manufacturer founded June 24, 1910 in Milan since 1986 and is part of Fiat Group SpA, which includes all auto brands Fiat Group. It was previously owned by the Italian State, through its sprawling public holding IRI from 1933 to 1986. With a sporting achievements more appreciative, and an enviable commercial success, the company " Alfa Romeo "can also be proud to have built several really beautiful models become legendary see collector. In fact the best transalpine designers worked for Alfa, Touring, Bertone, Pininfarina, Zagato, Guigiaro, and some of their models are undeniable successes. With a glorious past competition, combined with talented drivers like Fangio, Alfa Romeo, reputable builder, back in the 60s on the front of the stage to revitalize its image significantly on the decline. In 1964, the company revives a racing stable and creates Autodelta, thanks to the tenacity of the engineer Carlo Chiti ....


At that time, the Alfa range maintains the flame as it can cut with Giulia GT / GTV and the preparation of the Alfasud, popular small cut occupies all resources. But it lacks a true luxury car. On the occasion of the Universal Exhibition in Montreal, Canada, the brand wants to hit hard with a spectacular sports coupe and thus revive its former glory. The project was launched, the car will be called " Alfa Romeo Montreal . To quickly finalize the car, Alfa Romeo uses a maximum of elements cut GTV, including mechanical and entrusts implementation to its historical partner Bertone. The project is set up very quickly on an Alfa Giulia and presentation takes place as planned at the Universal Exhibition of 1967 in Quebec base. Three years later, at the Geneva Motor Show, Alfa Romeo presents his final series car, and big surprise because it has a unique V8 engine placed on the front. The objective is to sell 10,000 cars, price / really attractive benefits. Even today, this beautiful Vintage Classic typically cut what became the beautiful Alfa Romeo Montreal is still listed among the Alfa Romeo's most exotic post-war is a growing appeal to the most discerning collectors ... .


Marcello Gandini, the most gifted student of the house Bertone has just signed his greatest masterpiece, the Lamborghini Miura, is responsible for creating a spectacular car and evoking great sportsmanship. He will express his talent for this Alfa Romeo Montreal in a slightly more conventional register and initiates the transition style that occurs between the design of the 60s and the 70s, the more nervous and aggressive. The car must be a four-seater and have a suitable box with an engine at the front, strong constraints that impose less close to a race car than a coupe of mass line. However, the final coup de crayon managed this difficult challenge and Montreal offers a sleek and sporty. Whether the air dummy Naca input type on the hood, perforated semi-fairing and retractable headlights, fake vents on the rear fenders (imagined for a central engine), or cutting its doors very close to the Miura, the Montreal does not leave indifferent and seduced by many style details online, it has an undeniable charm. The stunning Alfa Romeo Montreal was born in 1971 and definitely stands as flagship of the brand with a flamboyant style and a prestigious V8 derived from the Tipo 33 race ....


The interior of the unusual Alfa Romeo Montreal is also treated in the purest Italian style sport-luxury with a high level of quality and workmanship for the period. The low driving position and elongated evokes the world of GT, as well as the 3-spoke steering wheel with wood rim and large offset. Rear visibility is facilitated by the large glass tailgate and the interior is very bright. On the dashboard, the traditional two-meter Alfa Romeo facing the pilot and includes all gauges control mechanics, and the tachometer red zone which starts at 7000 r / min which sets the tone. Still marked the presence of numerous and abundant chrome leather give this cabin all the charm of sports before 1980. As the platform, the suspensions derived sedans the brand with independent suspension with coil springs and double-triangles incorporating telescopic shock absorbers at the front and a rigid axle with trailing arms at the rear "A" limit torque effects. Braking is provided by four ventilated discs, larger diameter at the rear than the front (284 mm against 274). Tires in 195/70 on rims 14 "Campagnolo Elektron magnesium alloy and aluminum are adapted to the available torque and traction seems pretty good. Finally, the beautiful Alfa Romeo Montreal is a bourgeois and comfortable sports coupe designed to everyday use despite its mechanical end of the competition and offering a ride comfort ....


Very communicative and really exciting mechanically, the amazing and beautiful Alfa Romeo Montreal is packed with character and extraordinary mechanical is particularly alert to rev up. But she relishes mainly on national best. Its engine is derived directly from the 2-liter V8 of the T33 competition, designed by Carlo Chiti, a new small-displacement V8, there is a 2L6, obtained by increasing the bore and stroke, block and light alloy cylinder heads with five crankshaft bearings fitted with counterweights and dry sump lubrication. In the Alfa tradition, the valves are actuated by dual overhead cams per cylinder head, itself driven by chain. The ignition is electronic and we also note the presence of a Spica mechanical injection system positioned at the center of V. However, unlike the engine competition out over 400 horsepower at 11,000 rev / min, the couple was privileged on the power here is limited to 200 horsepower at 7000 r / min. The maximum torque for its displays and 235 Nm is achieved at 4,750 r / min. The transmission is handled by a manual gearbox ZF 5-speed "sport" type, with the first at the bottom left that offers a successful staging and accurate locks. Beautiful to look at and listen to the great Alfa Romeo Montreal has found the art of delicate compromise between sportiness and luxury touring. This is an unusual car full of personality and a real nice Italian car, a collector of choice for those who know ....



Specifications :

    Engine: V8
    Capacity: 2.6 Litres
    Power: 200 hp at 7000 r / min
    Torque: 235 Nm at 4750 r / min
    Speed: 220 km / h


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