The 40-year-old coupe was more expensive than a Porsche 911 when it was launched.
It's been a festive month for Alfa Romeo as the brand officially celebrated its 110th anniversary on June 24. As part of the celebrations, head of design at Alfa Romeo, Klause Busse, announced the #MontrealDesignChallenge two weeks ago. The unusually designed Montreal was introduced at the 1970 Geneva Motor Show and once made our list of the cars with the most unorthodox headlight designs. It had a V8 engine and a chassis borrowed from the Giulia GTV coupe.
Busse's challenge to anyone who wanted to participate was to come up with a modern interpretation of the distinctive Montreal, and of course, the Alfisti were more than happy to give it a go. The results were pretty awesome, to say the least, and a reminder of how much we miss Alfa Romeo coupes since the 4C departed.
The winning entry from over 500 submissions turned out to be a much more aggressive contemporary Montreal by someone with the username a_u_t_o_s_k_e_t_c_h on Instagram and who goes by the name T.T.O. This winning design was sketched in red and was described by Busse as: "just pure and beautiful surfacing. No unnecessary or distracting details."
T.T.O's design was shod with massive wheels and, although there was no clear front view, the slats behind the doors echoed those of the original - although, in the modern interpretation, they were much more angled.
The runner-up entry by rupertodesign is finished in green and is possibly an even sexier design. This one was shown from the front, too, with the familiar Alfa grille flanked by headlights that are covered by slats that are clearly a throwback to the original.
While the Montreal isn't the most famous Alfa ever made, it's proof that even when Alfa seemed to be experimenting, it came up with something special. We wouldn't hesitate to get behind Alfa if it decided to reincarnate the Montreal, and who knows, maybe Busse's contest was a subtle hint that the nameplate could make a comeback after all.