The beautiful Alfa Romeo Montreal sports coupe, a design study by Bertone chief singer Marcello Gandini, was unveiled at the 1967 Montréal Expo on the theme of future automobiles. Since the vehicle immediately attracted the attention of the trade public, the car manufacturer decided to start series production three years later and ended in 1977. There were two versions of the vehicle, the Montreal with a self-supporting body and the Tipo 33 Stradale, a variant of the car designer Franco Scaglione with an H-shaped aluminium alloy tubular frame.
Both models were fitted with an 8-cylinder V-racing engine, a crankshaft with five bearings and dry sump lubrication. In contrast to the Montreal, the electronic ignition of the Stradale was a phase- or time-delayed dual ignition. In the five-speed Montreal, the 2.6-litre engine delivered 200 hp and accelerated from 0-100 in 7.6 seconds, with the final speed at 220 km/h. The smaller engine of the six-speed Stradale had “only” two liters, but it produced 230 hp on the road, accelerated in a remarkable 5.5 seconds from 0-100 km/h and reached 260 km/h. The engine was able to accelerate from 0-100 km/h in a remarkable 5.5 seconds. The main components of the chassis came from the Bertone coupé and the Giulia mid-range saloon, a robust technology with few problems apart from wearing parts such as brake pads, silent liners or shock absorbers. The gearbox and the differentials were also on their best side with careful handling.
In 1971, Alfa Romeo quite rightly promoted the sports coupé with the slogan:”There are still man’s dreams for 35,000 marks”. However, the Italian automobile manufacturer produced just under 4,000 units of the Montreal, of which only a few still exist due to the problem of rust. The solid Alfa-Romeo technology, on the other hand, withstood the ravages of time with appropriate maintenance.