1975 Alfa Romeo Montreal Restoration Project sells at Brooklands Historics auction, results

1975 Alfa Romeo Montreal Restoration Project sells at Brooklands Historics auction, results

Somebody brave or with foresight paid £29,432 for a car which still needs a fair amount of work to do. That said – rare RHD – 1 of 180 made and if you have time on your hands and believe the engine does not need a rebuild – might be an affordable way of getting into an exotic with a de-tuned tipo 33 V8?

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Alfa Romeo was asked to provide an exhibit that would be representative of the automotive industry for the 1967 World's Fair in Montreal. The result was a fabulous prototype designed by Marcello Gandini of the Bertone styling; the biggest surprise however was the power plant under the bonnet. Alfa Romeo used a detuned Type 33 racing V8 engine of 2,589cc capacity which produced over 200bhp coupled to a ZF five-speed gearbox.

This is a very rare righthand drive Montreal, of which only 180 were manufactured out of a total production run of 3,917. According to DVLA records, 57 cars currently exist in the UK. Always red, this Montreal was purchased by the registered keeper in 1986 and, after using the car for a few years, OLX 250P was put into storage and later dismantled for bodywork restoration. Everything necessary was removed from the car including all interior trim, glass and some of the engine bay ancillaries. Although the engine, gearbox and driveline remained in the car we are advised the engine was strong with good oil pressure and was not considered to have been in need of any rebuilding and this view also applied to the other mechanical components. The bodywork has since been completely restored with all signs of corrosion removed and re-fabricated with a view to long term ownership.

The car is best described as being a rolling restoration project that now needs reassembling. It is supplied with a collection of invoices/receipts, the V5 registration document and three previous MoT test certificates, the last one expiring in March 1988, together with much helpful technical data, the official parts book and other documents that will greatly aid the next owner during reassembly. This Alfa Romeo Montreal is a superb opportunity to own a ‘forgotten supercar’, offering power, presence and style in abundance.

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