Tne The Alfa Romeo Montreal was a 2+2 coupé sports car produced from 1970 to 1977, and considered to be one of the Italian carmakers best looking cars. The original concept car unveiled at Expo 67′ in Montreal had no name but became known by the public (unofficially) as The Montreal, so when Alfa Romeo showed the production version at the 1970 Geneva Motor Show they kept the model name Montreal in production.
With a V8 engine derived from the 2-litre V8 used in the 33 Stradale, coupled to a five-speed ZF manual gearbox and a limited-slip differential, the Montreal could hit 0-62mph in 7.4 seconds, going all the way up to a top speed of 137mph, not too shabby for 1970. The Montreal was a striking car in the looks department, the car’s front end had four headlamps partly covered by unusual “grilles”, that retract when the lights are switched on. Another stylistic element is the NACA duct on the bonnet. The duct is actually blocked off since its purpose is not to draw air into the engine, but to optically hide the power bulge. The slats behind the doors contain the cabin vents, but apart from that only serve cosmetic purposes. Many petrolheads have hoped over the years that we might see a new Montreal from Alfa at some point.
Step forward designer Luca Serafini with the “Montreal Vision GT,” a GT rendering of which Luca has a personnal affiliation, as a youngster Luca was lucky enough to have dad with good taste “Back in 1986, my father bought a shiny orange Alfa Romeo Montreal,” Serafini tells us “It was all original, except the exhaust system. I remember the night he came home with the quite irregular V8. He parked it in the rear garage. The smoke was surrounding it, and the first thing I saw was the red tailights and chromed mufflers.”
“As a young boy, I can say it was the beginning of my growing love of the automotive world. Quite often I went downstairs to uncover the orange Alfa to see its reflections, lines, and shapes. Smelling the leather interior and acting like a pro driver. I loved the concave steering wheel, especially. Nowadays, it’s not a unicorn – but for me it was.”
Certainly in the looks dpartment, Luca has captured some of the original presence of the 1970’s Montreal, four headlamps, two either side the famous triangular Alfa Romeo grille, those bonnet vents echoing the original bulge, follow the design round and you can see the slats behind the doors also make an appearance on this very striking rendering. No mention from Luca on what power unit the ‘Montreal Vision GT’ might have, but suffice to say in this modern world of electric it is unlikely to be a V8 like the original.
With news of any forthcoming 6C/8C sportscar being on hold from Alfa Romeo it may that renders such as this from Luca Serafini are the closest we will come to a new range topping sports car but when the time does come, Alfa might well want to draw some inspiration from the original Montreal themselves.
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