Canada dream car
In his comparison between the BMW CSI and the Alfa Montreal (C&SC, October), Martin Buckley mentions that the Montreal presented at the 1967 World’s Fair in Canada emerged ‘surprisingly visually unchanged’ as a production car at Geneva in 1970. In fact, there were several changes.
At the front, the four separate blinds over the headlamps had been replaced by just two, and the transverse row of vents in the bonnet had disappeared in favour of a prominent single Naca-style duct. On the flanks, the glazed slots on the B/c-pillars – which gave a wonderfully airy cabin – were replaced by black mesh. The delicate, slightly feminine design had been reworked to lend a more powerful, authoritative air.
By the way, the bright orange of the CSI of the article was Colorado in BMW nomenclature – Inca denoted an older, less reddish and paler shade of orange.
Montreal wasn’t quite a concept car for the road, says Hans-georg Berg