Story by Johan Dillen• Photos by Dirk de Jager

Even though it inherited one of Alfa Romeo’s most famous race engines (the V8 from the 33 prototypo), few remember the Montreal as a race car. This one, built to Group 4 specs, was destined to shine in France’s 1976 Tour Auto. But before the race, it was unceremoniously cast aside. 

WHAT WENT WRONG?

It looks sensational. And that’s before you hear the V8 bellowing far and wide.

This car rips a metallic noise that one would more likely associate with a big-block Ford. It copies its note from the Slayer songbook, not Pavarotti’s arias.

While it can make the earth tremble and the glass shatter, the Alfa Romeo Montreal never made a dent in motorsports history. What happened?

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wspohn
wspohn Dork
6/8/19 10:58 a.m.

A friend owns one of these. The engine is impressive looking on the shop floor (where it was last time I saw it) but once installed they must be a real (literal) pain to work on!

 

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