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  •   Jon Cass reacted to this post about 5 months ago
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    1971 Alfa Romeo Montreal - Jay Leno’s Garage
    Is there any thing sexier than those headlights and the sound of its 3.0L V8? » Subscribe: http://bit.ly/JLGSubscribe » Visit the Official Site: http://bit.l...
    • "Some sort of expo..." says Jay. Expo 67 was a huge event, a World's Fair to mark Canada's centennial and while nothing much is left from it today"Some sort of expo..." says Jay. Expo 67 was a huge event, a World's Fair to mark Canada's centennial and while nothing much is left from it today the grounds where it was located is where the Canadian Grand Prix is held now. I remember when the Alfa Romeo Montreal was introduced and how gorgeous I thought it was. Although it is probably not an issue for someone like Jay, this car truly needs a specialist to work on it and what would scare me away is the unavailability of parts. Sounds wonderful, though!  More ...
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    • This was one of my early favorites as a kid. True story that my Mom came back from a business trip and told me to check the car for a Playboy (!)This was one of my early favorites as a kid. True story that my Mom came back from a business trip and told me to check the car for a Playboy (!) magazine that had a story on great Italian cars. I remember they were some true front-engine exotics including a Montreal. I was so confused as a kid looking through this Playboy magazine all the hotties and couldn’t find the story on the cars! I thought my mom was trying to set me up!! Ah yes I’m still torn between the Bella girls and the Bella cars!! ?  More ...
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    • he Alfa DNA is in the “lesser” models as well. My USA 69 GTV had four wheel disc brakes with dual vacuum boosters and a brake balance device betweenhe Alfa DNA is in the “lesser” models as well. My USA 69 GTV had four wheel disc brakes with dual vacuum boosters and a brake balance device between the front and rear., Five speed fully synchromesh transmission, independent front suspension, a live rear axle located by trailing arms and an aluminum trunnion.The engine was 1779 cc aluminum block with cast iron liners, hemispherical combustion chambers, Spica mechanical fuel injection, dual overhead cams, and a beautiful aluminum valve cover. It produced 132 horsepower and had a virtually flat torque curve from about 2500 to 5800 rpm if memory serves. The Bertone body in Giallo Ochre was gorgeous and arguably as iconic as Porsche’s 911’s of the era. Steering by worm and roller was light ( at speed) and communicative. The car was a delight to drive, to look at, and to work on. Alfa’s are underrated IMHO. They have character, beauty, charm, a jewel like engine and a delicate feel. I owned it nearly forty years.
      When I had to sell it I literally cried.
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  •   Adam Towler reacted to this post about 2 years ago
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    The Montreal polarizes interests: engine or design? Both are extreme in conception and execution, and people’s opening gambits usually involve one or the other, rarely both. It’s the same in our family - I like the oily bits and my husband, a car designer, loves the Bertone/Gandini styling. And we both have issues with our preferred areas of specialisation: me with the complicated Tipo 33-derived engine, and he with the fact that the resale red respray on top of the original orange is hiding filler in the offside rear light cluster, which makes the tail look completely skewiff.

    'When a friend of mine was looking to offload the car, not a single rational thought ran through my mind'

    Alfa Romeo Montreal
    Name Joanne Marshall
    From Barnstaple, Devon
    Occupation Head of EMEA Communications, Ferrari
    Age 51
    First classic Lancia Fulvia
    Dream classic Anything pre-war, light and simple
    Favourite driving song Talking Heads Listening Wind
    Best drive The Grossglockner

    I’m not new to Alfa ownership and the frankly unhealthy familiarity with friendly, but expensive, mechanics that it can come with. Chronologically: Alfasud 1.3 SC, Alfetta GTV2.0, 156 1.9JTD and lastly - and most ruinously - 156 Crosswagon. And yet that almost bloody-minded, always-looking- for-another fixation never goes away. So, when a friend of mine was looking to offload his Montreal, not a single objective, rational thought ran through my mind.

    But even I will admit to a later moment of self-doubt when I realised that the camshafts run in the aluminium heads without bearings, and that the rest of the engine is truly up there in the Pantheon of supercar sophistication. But at least it works well, albeit after moderate fettling following the car’s lengthy stretch of not being used. That was down to the Italian bureaucracy involved in importing the car and getting it registered here for the first time. It took a nightmare 11 months, with a Catch 22 situation lurking behind every twist in the unending paper trail.

    We registered the car with the official Alfa Romeo Register in Milan, which brings the benefit of cheap classic car insurance. But even that had a hidden downside - the membership application documentation asked for details of any work carried out on the car and where it was undertaken. I blithely wrote down Parma. Little did I know that would prevent me from getting the car tested for its MoT in Modena, which is closer to home and has a vehicle licensing office that is used to dealing with £ imported old cars. No one has ever g been able to explain to me what о relevance where you get any work § done has to an MoT with national sj validity. But let’s not go there. Nor Si ask me to explain why it failed the first time round because it was “leaking oil”. A grumpy “That’s because there’s oil in it” failed to bring the technician around.

    A subsequent overheating problem nearly threw a spanner into the works for plans to take the car on its inaugural long-distance trip to Austria. Visions of the engine coming out to skim the heads faded when our latest, and soon-to-be- familiar, Alfa mechanic diagnosed a knackered fan, a cable tie, the wrong radiator cap and non-original thermostat - in that order.

    The Montreal took the Cross-roads Designer Rallye in its stride, covering 1700km and five Alpine passes with neither oil nor water ever above 80°C. And at least now I can relax in the knowledge that the handling and brakes are a lot better than I feared. Yes, it is a Giulia with an extra 250kg or so, worm-and- roller steering and no assistance. But that means faithful handling and surprisingly good roadholding. And what a fabulous gearbox.

    So, what did the designers on the rally think? A massive thumbs-up! Marshall fortunately managed to get the Alfa's overheating problems sorted before taking the caron its first long run into the Alps.

    Designer husband is a fan of Alfa’s shape. Montreal's roadholding turned out to be impressive over challenging, twisty Alpine roads. Crossroads Rallye covered 1700km in all. KTM X-Bow leads Montreal and Porsche.
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