Get your barn (factory) find Alfa Romeo Montreal at auction this weekend

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Get your barn (factory) find Alfa Romeo Montreal at auction this weekend

Bertone’s big Alfa coupe needs a good cleaning and some recommissioning

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This 1976 Alfa Romeo Montreal has been in storage for 15 years.

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The consignor is the third owner.

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This Montreal was used as a daily driver for some time.

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This 1976 Alfa Romeo Montreal is finished in Arancio Pastello.

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The car is in “ran when parked” condition.

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The auction house doesn’t say if it’s been started.

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The Montreal was never sold in the U.S. or Canada.

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There are still only a handful of these stateside.

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Spare parts for these are not available at your local Alfa dealer.

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This RHD example is one of 155 built.

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The car has been stored in a factory mezzanine.

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Parts for Montreals are difficult to source, to put it mildly.

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The Montreal has been largely ignored by collectors for years.

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Only a few Montreals are in the U.S. at the moment.

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The auction house says the car will need some recommissioning.

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Because of their values, few Montreals have been restored to a concours standard.

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Montreal values have skyrocketed in recent years.

The Alfa Romeo Montreal ceased to be inexpensive a few years ago, but rarely seen examples are still coming out of hibernation now that values have skyrocketed. The futuristic V8-engined Gandini-designed coupe wowed crowds at the 1967 Montreal Expo, but curiously enough, it was never offered by Alfa Romeo in North America, even though Alfa sold other cars here at the time.
In a few days, an Arancio Pastello example that has spent 15 years stashed away in a factory in the U.K. will be offered by Silverstone Auctions at its Classic sale at the NEC in Birmingham.
What came to be known as the Alfa Romeo Montreal was first shown at the 1967 Montreal Expo without a name, and with a much smaller engine. Styled by Marcello Gandini at Bertone, the coupe was fairly large, by European standards, featuring a long hood and generous overhangs. The Montreal did not go into production until 1970, and in production form, it gained a 2.6-liter V8 engine modified from a powerplant used by the 33 Stradale. Alfa Romeo intended the Montreal to be a comfortable GT meant for long trips — a niche that was becoming popular among Europe’s automakers in the 1960s — but it was not a hot seller in its time. In fact, Alfa Romeo managed to sell only about 3,900 examples between 1970 and 1977, with just 155 built to RHD specification.

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This Montreal was used as a daily driver for some time.

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For years, collectors showed relatively little interest in the Montreal, and running examples in average condition could be found for about $20,000. Values unexpected took off in 2014, as the collector market seemingly realized two things: The Gandini design is pretty interesting if not universally loved, and there are not a lot of these cars left.
Here’s what we know about the car in question: This 1976 Montreal finished in Arancio Pastello over Nero was purchased by the consignor in 1980 with about 4,000 miles on the clock. He continued to drive it for the next couple of decades but ended up retiring it about 15 years ago, electing not to sell it at the time. This whole time, the Montreal has been stored in a factory in the U.K., placed there in “ran when parked” condition.
“We understand that it was driving very well to the point of storage but has not been run since,” the auction house says. “This is indeed a project, but we feel it’s more of a recommission than a restoration —¬†after all, it was in regular use up to 15 years ago and has remained dry and warm on a mezzanine floor in a working factory.”

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There are still only a handful of these stateside.

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Silverstone Auctions estimates this Montreal to bring between 22,000 and 26,000 pounds at auction, which translates to a range between $28,200 and $33,300. This is indeed where project cars trade, and the car’s true needs are not known. Concours examples, on the other hand, have been bringing just under $100,000 in recent years. Needless to say, this example will have a few needs after having sat still for 15 years, but with modest mileage (which is true for a lot of these, to be fair), it’s not a tired example that had been exposed to the elements.
Spares for these are tough to source — there just aren’t that many parts cars — and the fact that it’s RHD may temper the enthusiasm of some bidders who are otherwise looking for a project Montreal. This is one of those cars that’s best bought with few to zero needs, just because of the difficulty of finding parts. But if it sells anywhere in the estimate range, it may seem like a bargain in a few years.
“Accompanied by its original handbook, spare wheel and keys, this desirable Montreal is now ready for the next adventure,” the auction house says. “With low ownership, a warranted 45,495 miles and retaining the registration number 600 JRL, this is a fantastic project.”
Visit the auction website for the full list of lots and auction details.

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