Mercello Gandini is one of the most famous car designers of all time, mostly for designing the Lamborghini Miura and Lamborghini Countach, as well as the radical Lancia Stratos. Those might be his most famous works, but in our opinion, the Alfa Romeo Montreal represented one of his best.
The concept Montreal was unveiled at the Expo 67 in Montreal, with the production version arriving three years later at the 1970 Geneva Motor Show. Gandini’s inspiration for the styling came from the Miura, but the Montreal had its own flair, with retractable headlight ‘shelters’ and Alfa Romeo Cangura-inspired C-pillar vents.
Additionally, the Montreal was quite radical under the hood, featuring a 2.5-liter dry-sump V8 that revved to 7,000 RPM, which was practically unheard of in 1970. The 200 horsepower engine coupled with the relatively agreeable comfort of the cabin meant the Montreal bridged the gap between sportscar and grand tourer.
Petrolicious recently featured on dedicated Alfa Romeo Montreal owner’s car on their YouTube channel. The owner, TJ Grewal, loves taking photos of the car and says his hobby has helped him appreciate the fine details on the car. See and hear him drive his beautiful Montreal in the video above.