- Numbers matching example finished in its original factory-delivered colors
- Best in Class at the 2022 Detroit Concours d’Elegance
- Offered from long-term ownership of over 35 years
- Meticulously maintained; documented by 75 pages of receipts
- One of the finest and best-kept Montreals extant
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1974 Alfa Romeo Montreal
The Montreal offered here, chassis number AR1440210, is just 1 of only 104 right-hand-drive examples produced. Manufactured in October 1974, the car was originally exported for the Australian market, where it completed final assembly. The Alfa Romeo appears to have spent the first part of its life in the Melbourne area until May 2, 1987, when the current owner and consignor, a former rally driver, automotive designer, and mechanical engineer, purchased the Montreal from Prestige Classic Autos in Melbourne. Shortly after acquiring the Montreal, the owner was transferred to Cologne, Germany, for work, and the car followed him and his family there. While in Germany, this Montreal was used to explore the scenic winding backroads and beautiful mountainscapes that the country has to offer. It would garner a People’s Choice and Best in Show award at a Frankfurt car show. In 1992, the consignor was again transferred for work, this time to suburban Detroit, where, once again, the Montreal came with.
When the owner arrived in Michigan, he immediately joined the local chapter of the Alfa Romeo Owners Club (AROC) and began showing his wonderful Montreal to great acclaim. Shortly after arriving stateside, the car was awarded Best in Class at the Italian Happening in Grosse Pointe, Michigan, in 1993. Over the next three decades, the Montreal would be shown many more times throughout the Midwest, becoming a staple attendee at some of the most well-known events, including Meadow Brook Concours d’Elegance, Concours d’Italia, Eyes on Design, and the Concours of America at St. Johns, to name a few. During this time, this Montreal won numerous Best in Class and People’s Choice awards as well as various other accolades.
Throughout the years, this Alfa Romeo was always kept in immaculate condition, both cosmetically and mechanically, as attested by its most recent invitation to the inaugural 2022 Detroit Concours d’Elegance, where the Montreal was once again awarded Best in Class among the stiff competition in the European Classics-Modern class. Regardless of its numerous Concours appearances and awards, this Montreal is anything but a garage queen. The Alfa Romeo was not only driven extensively throughout Germany and Europe during the owner’s time there, but it has also participated in numerous long-distance road rallies here in the USA and in Canada, including successfully completing three Michigan Mille driving tours where it flawlessly covered over 1,000 miles on each event. Given its regular spirited use, it is clear that the mechanical upkeep has been cared for as much as its cosmetic presentation and today the Montreal remains a highly original, numbers-matching example that currently shows just over 41,000 original miles on the odometer.
Over the years, this Montreal has mostly been serviced by its more than capable owner, given his extensive automotive background, as well as by Alfa Romeo specialist Trail Auto. Most recently, from 2017-2022, this Montreal received a mechanical restoration that included a complete photo-documented rebuild of the engine as well as most other major mechanical components. During this time, the radiator, water pump, alternator, starter, brakes, and ECU were also rebuilt. Furthermore, in April 2021, the transmission was completely rebuilt by Alfa Parts Exchange in California, and the clutch was replaced as well. This work is further documented in the 75 pages of receipts that accompany the sale. Also included with the sale are the factory tools, jack, and spare wheel, as well as a set of period luggage.
This 1974 Alfa Romeo Montreal is a fantastic example and is arguably one of the finest and best-kept Montreals extant. It boasts exceptional provenance of caring ownership that anyone would hope for when looking to invest in such a beautiful piece of Italian workmanship. It has been incredibly well cared for by its automotive designer owner, is in exceptional condition both mechanically and cosmetically, and is being offered from long-term ownership of over 35 years. This step outside of the proverbial box has contributed to the rising collectability of the Montreal and will undoubtedly continue with this Italian gem.