Monday, September 22, 2014

DTO: Bertone Bomber: 1970 Alfa Romeo Montreal

Fancy picking up a 70's supercar, but your investment in mortgage backed securities didn't pan out?  Fear not, because there is an option that gives you the prestige of a Lamborghini Mura with the performance of a Jaguar E-Type at the price of a used Nissan.  It is called the Alfa Romeo Montreal and combines a 7000 rpm V8 with a body by Bertone.  Find this 1970 Alfa Romeo Montreal currently bidding for $23,300 on eBay with a few hours to go, located in Harwich, MA. UPDATE: This eBay listing is a scam.  Read more here

If you think the Montreal looks a bit like the Lamborghini Mura, it isn't just in your head.  The Montreal was designed by Marcello Gandini at Bertone, the same Italian stylist who penned the Miura a few years prior.  The Montreal does use some funky styling elements like the headlight slats (that move out of the way when the lights are on), a nonfunctional NACA duct on the hood, and those wacky cabin vents on the side.  Each element might be objectionable if placed on other cars, but somehow the entire package pulls it off.

The chassis may have been borrowed from the Alfa Romeo Giulia Sprint GTV, but the engine was a V8 derived from the Alfa Romeo Tipo 33 prototype racecar.  The 2.6 liter DOHC dry-sump V8 is fueled with SPICA fuel injection and puts 200 horsepower into the 5-speed ZF transmission behind it.

If the outside doesn't let you know that this car is special, then a peak on the inside will remove all doubt.  The seating position is low/sporty and the gauges look like they have been stolen from a fighter jet. 

See a better way drive a 70s supercar without selling your house?


  1. I guess there was, at one time, a market for something like this, in the Fiat/Ferrari Dino space.

    But...uh...doesn't do anything for me.

  2. sorry guys and gals, what looks to be too good to be true usually is. Looks like a scam listing, see this thread from the Alfa Bulletin Board

    1. Thanks for the link Paul, I've read that eBay has been under pressure due to scam listings recent, see this news article on BBC. Unfortunately we'll stumble onto these are we search for good deals, so buyers need to be extra vigilant as eBay figures out how to add more transparency.
      E-i-C Vince

    2. eBay's kinda back and forth on the whole 'transparency' thing. They've played games with their feedback mechanism over the years, not always to the betterment of the process.

      The big thing they haven't done and should is maintain a much longer history (3yr) of detailed transactions.

      Still, there's a fair bit of information to work from if you are prepared to accept that some deals really ARE too good to be true: a seller with low feedback or no recent sales in the category of product they're selling, no history of selling high-ticket items suddenly listing a car or a pile of high-zoot stereo amps or something, inquiries get a canned or unresponsive answer, etc.

    3. no problem Daily Turismo. I have run a vintage motorcycle forum since 2001, recently we added a "Scam and Too Good to be True" section to the forum. It has been amazing how many forum members motorcycles have appeared on eBay, especially eBay UK and EbayUSA, listed for sale by someone other than their actual owner..... The scammers lift the photos off of the internet, then list the bike as their own, usually (but not always) at very low prices. My experience has been that eBay is not particularly response to doing anything when notified the particular listing is clearly a scam, sometimes dozens of our motorcycle forum members pile on eBay with many many complaints and reports concerning a specific listing, sometimes eBay takes action, sometimes they don't. I have bought motorcycles sight unseen over the past ten years, but these days I am much more cautious.... Paul

  3. It's up to 57K which is very steep. Seller seems clean but has sold very little.


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