by J Kraus
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.