Market Finds: With No Reserve, (This) Montreal Should Be Popular

With No Reserve, (This) Montreal Should Be Popular

Petrolicious Productions By Petrolicious Productions
May 8, 2014
6 comments

The car: 1971 Alfa Romeo Montreal

Price: $64,995 (at time of posting)

Location: Alameda, California, USA

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An Alfa Romeo 2+2 concept by Bertone that appeared at the Expo ’67 in Montreal was the genesis of the Alfa that would bear the name of the Canadian city three years later. While the concept car used the chassis and 1600cc four from the Giulia, the production version used a 2593cc V8. Ironically, none were sold in Montreal because Alfa Romeo didn’t develop a North American version to meet Canadian or American emissions.

However, the combination of show-car styling and Italian V8 power can be intoxicating, which is why this 1971 Montreal “time capsule” on eBay warrants a look. Only 3,917 Montreals were built through 1977, with this one imported to the U.S. in the 1980s. This example was until recently in a climate-controlled collection. Seller claims it has the “rare” leather seats with gauges (in Italian) in good functioning order. The fuel-injected 2.6 shows 48,900 kilometers and the ZF five-speed manual “shifts great and goes through all the gears smoothly with no binding or sticking.” As this one is a relatively original car, there are a few blemishes, such as a crack in the dashboard and small holes on the side of both seats, but due to the car’s originality it would simply be enjoyable enough to ignore and just drive.

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Petrolicious makes no claim as to the accuracy of the information contained in the car’s original listing, nor will it be held responsible for any errors in said information. If you’re interested in this car, do your homework and research it extensively before you buy.

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malex
malex

I’d also note that this particular red car had some “issues” and was ripped apart on AlfaBB.com.

malex
malex

Yes, this car was overpriced. But there was a white one on eBay that had a $90k reserve that got to $70k or so before the auction ended. I’d also note that white Montreal went for $99k at Gooding – Pebble Beach 2013 and a red one went for a stratospheric $176k at Gooding – Scottsdale 2014. So prices are on the rise for nice cars, even in Europe.

Bradley Price
Bradley Price

Easy to put no reserve when your asking price is absurd.

Phil Auldridge
Phil Auldridge

I agree with Federico. I just love it when these petty wannabe ‘dealers’ try to associate a concours car sale against the raggedy driver they are trying to hawk. Even from his own description this car is no more than a fixer-upper by any stretch of the imagination. Yes, they are rare, and yes, although beautiful (to my eye) and exotic, have remained well under the radar for some years. The fact that this “no reserve” car still languishes without a single bid with less than half a day to go tells you how far this guy is gonna get… Read more »

Federico
Federico

This car is hugely overpriced. You can easily find completely restored ones for half as much.

Matthew Lange
Matthew Lange

Cool car, I had one follow me back from Goodwood last Sunday. It does seem to be one of those cars where there is a disparity between US and European prices though. A quick search revealed three cars in better condition (as described) that are less than the asking price of this one. http://www.carandclassic.co.uk/list/1/montreal/