The Alfa Romeo Montreal has always sat in an awkward place in the classic car world. With stunning looks and a fantastic-sounding 2.6-liter V8, you'd think it would be at the top of any collector's wish list. But for years, reliability issues have outweighed the Montreal's worth to potential owners. Now, values are going up, and it's easy to see why.
Matt Farah of was able to get his hands on a perfectly restored low-mileage example, and finds it's a true joy to drive. Despite the Montreal's imposing looks, it actually has a small footprint. Farah says that V8—which revs all the way to 7000 rpm—feels like it's putting out 250-300 horsepower, well over the 200-horsepower factory rating.
What the Montreal doesn't have is power steering, which makes parallel parking and three-point turns a chore. But if you're the type of person considering a car like this, we assume that's not that big of a deal for you.