1972 Alfa Romeo Montreal - 64,000 Miles - on The Market For Sale
This car is for sale at themarket.co.uk
This is a matching numbers car with just two owners since 1989, when it was imported from Sicily by John Hartland of Motorapide/John Hartland Motorsport/Porsche 917 replicas fame. A well-known importer of Lamborghinis and Ferraris, John is known for sourcing only the best low mileage cars from Europe, and he certainly seems to have lived up to that reputation with this Montreal.
Apart from new paint in 1989, technically speaking the car is unrestored, but the level and quality of ongoing work carried out on it by Del, its current long-term owner, means you’d be excused for thinking it had been subject to a mechanical restoration.
We can tell you that this particular Del is more than a bit handy with the spanners. Taking over the custodianship of this Alfa in 2008 as its second UK owner, he wasn’t interested in tracking down one of the few right-hand drive cars that were built, as he believes that left-hand-drive Montreals were – and still are – more authentic.
During Del’s time with it, the car has been loaned out to several Alfa specialists for them to design, test and then offer for sale aftermarket fixes for the standard car’s known weak areas. As a result it now sports key Alfaholics parts like the handling kit with the thicker anti-roll bar, big brake calipers and vented discs, along with stainless steel exhausts and the non-cracking cast iron steering box to replace the original soft-metal item.
The owner has also carried out extensive testing of his own to further improve the handling. It now delivers a great combination of a very supple ride with just the right amount of resilience to snuff out the original car’s front-end dive issues.
Rob Thompson, world renowned rebuilder of Alfa Montreal engines, has seen the car and agreed a value for it. Del is only selling because, after enjoying and perfecting this high-style Alfa for the last 11 years, he’s now ready for a switch into a Pagoda Mercedes.
The panelwork on this Montreal is unlikely to be called as prosecution evidence into any trial of Alfa’s much-maligned build quality. From the power bulge/bogus NACA-ducted bonnet to the seductive swirl of its Bertone rear end, the recently machine-polished sheet metal is lovely.
The leading edges of the sections of the rear valance immediately behind the back wheels do have some corrosion, but Del assures us that this is down to quite recent UK stone damage rather than any inside-out corrosion as a result of blocked drainage holes (which are clear).
Apart from a 20x20mm spot ahead of one rear arch that’s about it on the corrosion front. The door bottoms are great and the sills and jacking points are all sound. The left hinge of the big glass ‘hatchback’ panel does need a stud welding onto its frame and new gas struts fitting to keep this elegant assembly open under its own steam.
There’s some flaking on one of the turbine-style alloy wheels, but the spare has been fully refurbished and all the shiny metal trim on the car – including the bumper – is dent-free stainless steel. The whole of the exterior appears to exude that well-looked after, very gentle patina that comes from being a well-kept unrestored example; expect the odd minor blemish, but looks superb from 10 paces.
The correct Carello tail lenses on Del’s car (attached by stainless Allen-head screws) are so good that they were used as a pattern for many of today’s aftermarket repro items. The retractable headlamp slats work, and the MNL ‘Montreal’ registration number will be included with the car.
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