1972 Alfa Romeo Montreal up for auction in UK

By: Mark Higgins, Unique Cars magazine

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Alfa Romeo Montreal 1972 This Montreal is said to have undergone an expensive restoration. Alfa Romeo Montreal 1972

Red rarity could set a benchmark

One of the highlights among 150 cars up for a UK auction at the NEC, Birmingham, on 24 and 25 March, is a fully-restored1972 Alfa Romeo Montreal. It's being handled by Classic Car Auctions (CCA).

Since it was last auctioned five years ago, it is said to have undergone a Au$50,000 restoration including a number of performance upgrades.

The left-hand-drive Italian classic claims to be one of the best examples of the model in the world, of which just 64 are thought to exist in the UK.

This Montreal was manufactured on 14 October, 1972, and sold new to its first owner just three days later by Alfa Romeo Brussels. It was later imported into the UK in 1989 and has had just four owners in its lifetime.

Finished in Alfa Rosso, the Montreal features a number of stylish design cues, including four headlights with eyelids, NACA bonnet duct and cosmetic cabin vents, as well as a 2.6lt V8 engine and five-speed ZF manual gearbox.

The restoration included new steering and suspension joints, an uprated radiator with two fans, adjustable top arm front suspension, new Bilstein shock absorbers, a Classic Alfa handling kit, uprated four pot front brake callipers, new front discs, new clutch plate and full stainless steel exhaust.

It's fuel-injection system was replaced by four carburettors and it has a new windscreen,silver Campagnolo wheels, new carpets, rebuilt seats and a bare metal respray.

Offered for sale by Silverstone Auctions at the Silverstone Classic 2013, the Montreal returns for auction with the with an estimate of 50,000 to 55,000 UK pounds (Au$88-97,000).

"The Montreal is rapidly becoming one of the most famous and desirable Italian sports cars of its decade, and this particular example is in stunning order, fresh from a restoration completed in January," explained Richard Greenhalgh, classic car specialist, CCA.

"It's not unusual to see classics return to auction, but this particular transformation has been very successful, and collectors and fans of exotic Italian design won't want to miss this opportunity to purchase one of the finest Montreals weve seen," he added.

(Meanwhile, there is a rare right-hand-drive Montreal for sale locally. See this story.)

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