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Restored Alfa Romeo Montreal returns to auction

AN exemplary 1972 Alfa Romeo Montreal, previously sold by Silverstone Auctions in 2013, has emerged from a recent £28,000 restoration and will be offered for sale by Classic Car Auctions (CCA) at the Practical Classics Classic Car and Restoration Show with Discovery on Saturday and Sunday March 24-25.

Having undergone a number of performance and restorative upgrades over the years, the stylish two-seater Italian classic is possibly one of the best examples of the model in the world, of which just 64 are thought to exist today in the UK.

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

Originally finished in Luci del Bosco Metallizato, the Montreal features a number of stylish design cues, including four front headlamps with ‘eyelids’, NACA bonnet duct and cosmetic cabin vents, as well as a punchy 2.6L V8 engine and five-speed ZF manual gearbox.

The car was later treated to multiple upgrades including 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.

More recently the car has had the injection system replaced by four carburettors as well as a new windscreen, new carpets, rebuilt seats and a bare metal respray in gleaming Alfa Rosso with the addition of silver Campagnolo wheels.

Offered for sale at the Silverstone Classic 2013, the car now returns for auction with the younger sister company with an estimate of £50,000 to £55,000.

“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,” said Richard Greenhalgh, classic car specialist, CCA. “It’s not unusual to see classics return to auction, but this particular transformation has been very successful.”

Documents, invoices and a photographic record of the restoration are included in the car’s history file.

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