Driver’s Eye View: Alfa Romeo Montreal

by J Kraus

Alfa Romeo Montreal

Alfa Romeo Montreal

1972 Alfa Romeo Montreal. Luci del Bosco Metallizzato with Beige Texalfa and Avana carpet. Instrumentation by Jaeger. Owned by Bruce Taylor; Geneva, Switzerland. Photo copyright © 2008 Bruce Taylor, "Alfa Romeo Montreal", Veloce Publishing.

1972 Alfa Romeo Montreal. Luci del Bosco Metallizzato with Beige Texalfa and Avana carpet. Instrumentation by Jaeger. Owned by Bruce Taylor; Geneva, Switzerland. Photo copyright © 2008 Bruce Taylor, “Alfa Romeo Montreal”, Veloce Publishing.

The Alfa Romeo Montreal, a Bertone creation designed by Marcello Gandini, was first shown at the Montreal World Expo in 1967 (hence the name), but did not actually go on sale until 1970.

The instrument panel features a very traditional twin-pod configuration, but Marcello gives it a creative twist by utilizing the two pods to incorporate virtually all the major and minor instruments. The speedometer and tachometer are given pride of place at the top and slightly inboard, while minor gauges are spread across the lower portions in concentric semi-circles.

If you have been driving contemporary cars for too long, another thing you might take note of is the colour palette. Instead of the mind-numbing monochrome all too prevalent in today’s interiors, here we have a tri-colour symphony in black, tan and brown, punctuated by a classic wood and aluminium steering wheel. Molta bella.

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3 thoughts on “Driver’s Eye View: Alfa Romeo Montreal

  1. I have seen these cars several times at auto shows, but never got a good look at the instrument panel. Quite an interesting design! I hope to see some of the others on your list soon.

  2. Love the Montreal. I have had the pleasure of driving this car in the 90’s and loved every second of it. Your blog is fantastic! Please keep up the great work.

    gl

    Santa Monica, CA

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