1970 Alfa Romeo Montreal Diecast Model

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AutoArt 1970 Alfa Romeo Montreal diecast car
  • Year: 1970
  • Brand: AutoArt
  • Make: Alfa Romeo
  • Code: AA70171
  • Model: Montreal
  • Scale: 1:18
  • Color: Red

If you never saw this car before, one look at it and you can peg it as a 70's model Alfa with body by Marcello Gandini of Bertone... and you'd be correct. This little 2.6l V8 powered 2+2 coupe was built between 1970 and 1977 with only 3917 produced. The styling cues on this car beyond the classic period Bertone sculptural shape include a non-functional NACA scoop on the hood (which masks the power bulge needed for the SPICA fuel injection and unusual headlamp grills that retract downward when the headlamps are activated. The little high revving 197hp V8 coupled with a ZF 5-speed propelled this car from 0-60 in 7.2 seconds with a top speed of just under 140mph.

AUTOart's model of the Montreal really captures the essence of this great looking car. Beyond the incredibly consistant build quality and content that is a hallmark of AUTOart replicas, this model impresses me just a bit more. The panel fit for the hatch and the accordian-style folding boot cover articulated by tiny piano hinges are so tight that all I can do is shake the car and hopefully have them open enough to get a flat toothpick insinuated in the resultant gap to open them the rest of the way. The doors offer similar tribulations. The hood has the same sliding pathway as the 1:1 to lock it in the opening position supported by ultrafine metal struts that scale well with the original.

The interior is very well done with nary a hint of mold flash that usually plagues complicated dash components. The seats are soft and pliable with a sculpted corduroy pattern but do not articulate. The carpeting has a fine scaled pile. The door sill plate is delicately embossed and includes the Bertone nameplate with badge. The faux wood steering wheel rim under magnification appears to be a photoreduced applique pattern rather than paint. All in all, it's a very pretty interior.

The engine bay matches up pretty well with file photos, missing a bit of the seconday wiring and plumbing but captures the look quite well. Once again Aa has given the engine the look of a mixed media model by mastering both paint and texture to the plastic components to really fool the eye. The only obvious thing missing in the bay is the rather large Alfa Romeo spec plate on the right wheel well.

I have just a few comments on the exterior. I always marvel at Aa's modeling of complicated light groups and the rear lights on this model are a joy to behold with the different tints, reflector patterns and bulbs all represented. As well as the tail lamps, I've also included closeups of the simulated cloisonne badge and the Bertone fender badge that just deserve a special shout out for their scale fidelity.

Looking at this model, it's hard to understand why less than 4000 units were sold over the 7 years of the Montreal's production. Of course, the Montreal was never sold in Montreal. Alfa Romeo never made a variant that would qualify for the North American market. As you can imagine, today, this car is much sought after and venerated by many. If you are into Alfas or just sexy Italian hardware, grab this model while it's around. It, like the car, is a real beauty.

-Rich Sufficool

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