This was my happiest memory of the Bicester Sunday Scramble. in early October. I have owned a scale model of the Montreal for 39 years. To be honest, I had never heard of the car until I saw the model. It was not a case of seeing magazine photos or ogling over cordoned off cars at a motor show. I bought it because I liked the look of it and because I already had the obvious Porsche and Ferrari models.
The model is the same colour as the one I saw at Bicester. I squealed with delight and proceeded to snap it from every conceivable angle.
To me, it looks like an Italian take on a 70's American muscle car.
The car was produced between 1970 and 1977 and was designed by Marcello Gandini of Bertone.
It, and its name, derive from a concept car which was produced for Expo 67, held in Montreal.
The Montreal is a 2+2 coupe. It's engine is a 2.6 litre V8 , producing 230bhp,which adds to the American feel of the car! It could accelerate from 0-62mph in 7.4 seconds which was rapid, for its day. It had a five speed manual gearbox.
The engine was derived from the 2-litre V8 used in the 33 Stradale and the Tipo 33 sports prototype racer. The red line was set at 7000rpm which was unheard of, in 1970.
The chassis and running gear were taken from the Giulia GTV Coupe.
The front end of the car is stylistically distinguished by four headlamps partly covered by unusual "grilles ", that retract when the lights are switched on.
It also has a NACA duct on the bonnet which is used to optically hide the power bulge.
In its day the Montreal was more expensive to buy then a Jaguar E type or a Porsche 911!
So here is a clip, from the 1974 film, "The Marseille Contract" of Michael Caine driving one, whilst chasing a 911!
When launched in the UK, it cost £5,077