What’s particularly interesting to consider is the clear influence from American muscle cars of the time on the design of the Montreal, with its aggressive NACA hood scoop and taut haunches. In that sense the car is sort of a hybrid between the Italian sensuality of the Miura, and the proportions of a Mustang fastback making it an Italian Muscle car. The Montreal is a rather pedestrian chassis (the 105 chassis shared with the spider and the GTV) with a big V8 plunked in the front.
While it is not the perfect car for twisty back roads, its ample power and comfortable, stylish cabin make for an ideal GT car capable of high speed touring on the autostrada. Today, these cars top out around 50K USD for one in mint condition. Good and well maintained cars can still be had in the high 30s and low 40s. And while it may not be a Miura, it’s quite a unique and interesting car for the money, and destined to be appreciated more and more as time honors the very special design of the car.
Words by: Bradley Price, a New York-based designer, car nut, racing history buff. He founded the Autodromo brand in 2011, and divides his spare time between his stable of vintage Italian cars and running the car blog Automobiliac.