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Montreal the headline grabber

01 1972 Montreal (lot 607)

A SUPERB Alfa Romeo Montreal (above) is the biggest head-turned among the four Alfas that Silverstone Auctions will be putting under the hammer at their NEC Classic Motor Show sale on November 14-15.

The red 1972 Montreal, a gorgeous 2600cc supercar, is estimated to make between £34,000 and £38,000.

This car was first delivered to France, where it remained until 1989 before being imported into the UK. In 1993 it was purchased by the current keeper, and it has remained in his ownership for 22 years.

The vendor is a professional mechanic and the car, while never being fully restored, has been very well maintained and tastefully upgraded throughout its life. Upgrades include the replacement of the notoriously problematic injection system with a more traditional and reliable carburettor arrangement which really makes the engine sound throaty, and growl as a V8 should.

Showing a, possibly genuine, 44,678kms from new, the car is accompanied by almost all its MoTs since 1993 at which point the mileage was just 39,223kms.

1967 Alfa GT Sprint Veloce (lot 318)

In the same sale, a lovely black 1967 Alfa GT Sprint Veloce 1600cc (above) is estimated at £30,000 to £40,000.

It was built September 1967, and first delivered in RHD specification to Switzerland, finished in Dutch blue, before almost immediately being dispatched to Cyprus.

It remained in Cyprus until 2014, when the vendor purchased the car and set about a full bare metal restoration. By this time, the car had already been repainted in Alfa Romeo ‘Nero’ and the decision was made to retain this colour for the re-spray.

1972 Alfa GT Junior (Lot 304)

Another Alfa in the sale catalogue is a vivid yellow 1972 GT Junior, a 1750cc model (pictured above) estimated at £15,000 to £20,000.

This original RHD, GT Junior 1600 was first delivered to Kempton Park, South Africa. Many years later, in 2005, it was imported to the UK via Holland.

The car has clearly been well maintained which is reflected in the extensive history file that not only includes past invoices but also hand written notes by previous owners in the accompanying workshop manual.

Originally a 1600cc, the car has been fitted some time ago with an uprated 1750cc Alfa Romeo Nord Twin Cam engine.

1976 GT Junior (lot 342)

The fourth Alfa on the sale list is a red 1976 GT Junior (above).  The auction house expect it to make £14,000 to £18,000.

It is in excellent condition, having been subject to an extensive body restoration in 2012. It is currently fitted with a 2000cc engine as the original 1600cc engine was removed some time ago.


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