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Alfa Romeo Montreal (Essential Companion Series) Hardcover – Illustrated, 1 Aug 2008

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Product details

  • Hardcover: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Veloce Publishing Ltd; First Edition edition (1 Aug. 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1845841581
  • ISBN-13: 978-1845841584
  • Product Dimensions: 21 x 2.3 x 25.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,549,819 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Best Book of 2008 - Graeme Hurst, Classic & Sports Car -

BOOK OF THE MONTH. Taylor's writing is clear and thorough as he guides readers through the design, its problems and improvements. A wealth of photographs superbly illustrates all points. A staggering effort born of the obsessive author's pioneering website and the assistance of fellow Montreal owners. - Classic & Sports Car -

AlI the photography is in colour and you're left in no doubt as to what should go where or how a Montreal should look. A good starting point for anyone wanting to familiarise themselves with one of Alfa's most distinctive cars. - Classic Cars -

Laid out clearly and boldly in a style that has become something of a hallmark of Veloce Publishing, the coverage is truly comprehensive ... this exceptional book is a bible not just for the owner and restorer but for the collector of associated ephemera. Perhaps the greatest compliment one can pay this book is that it may finally lay to rest the myth that the Montreal is a temperamental beast which is expensive and difficult to maintain. The Montreal has long suffered an undervalued reputation. This book may go a long way to right the balance. - Alfa Romeo Owners Club Magazine -

There must be few motoring books on the market as well written and graphically excellent ... If you have even the most passing interest in these cars, you should own a copy. If you are considering buying one, it is a must! - Amazon.co.uk - ... one of the most complete, compelling, engaging, colourful and informative books ever published on a single make. Richly illustrated is an understatement. Well written is taken for granted. Immense depth, covering virtually every single point of the car, is illustrated with both excellent color photos and diagrams as necessary in chapter after chapter. - VeloceToday.com -

Browsing through this 320-page detailed tome it is hard not to be beguiled by the Montreal's individual style and stunning range of period colour schemes which combine to make it one of the most covetable cars of its generation ... this book is essential reading both before and after taking the plunge. - Gay Classic Car Group

This substantial, 320-page book tells you everything you need to know about the elegant Montreal ... for anyone with an interest in buying a Montreal, and particularly for owners, this would be an indispensable book to have. - New Zealand Classic Car

Great book, compliments! --Christopher Reitz, Director of Alfa Romeo Centro Stile

About the Author

Bruce Taylor is a Chartered Engineer with a PhD from Edinburgh University and has 40 years' of practical experience in research and development work. Since retiring from CERN (The European Organization for Nuclear Research in Geneva, Switzerland), he has devoted his experience and energy to assisting owners of the Alfa Romeo Montreal get the most from their cars. In addition to a Montreal website, Bruce runs a forum which has handled over 16,000 messages from Montreal owners. Dr Taylor is a Fellow of the Institution of Engineering and Technology and writes with clarity, enthusiasm and expert knowledge about all the major aspects of this beautiful, potent and yet very affordable classic GT. He lives in Chardonne, Switzerland, with his wife Jennifer and their sons Mark and Kevin.


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Format: Hardcover
"Alfa Romeo Montreal - the Essential Companion" is amazingly thorough and complete. In fact, I do not think I have seen a more in-depth book on one model before. This is the first and only English language book devoted to the beautiful and intriguing Alfa Montreal. The authors of many such books are motoring journalists commissioned by the publishers to write about a particular marque or model and the result is often quite passionless. In this case the author is clearly an expert with a real love for the Montreal and it shows. I have never owned or even driven a Montreal but this book makes me want to have one.
Although there could be more information on the design of the car (there are no styling renderings from Bertone or proper commentary on Marcello Gandini's other designs), the other sections on buying, restoring and maintaining a Montreal are very detailed indeed. There are also lists of chassis numbers, colour codes, models, magazine articles that have appeared worldwide and useful addresses. The text is accompanied by colour photos throughout.
Veloce Publishing offers an interesting range of motoring titles, but I have always been disappointed by the quality of the design, printing, and reproduction of the images in their books. This was particularly true of their title on the Citroen SM. "Alfa Romeo Montreal - the Essential Companion" is much better in all these respects, but it is not perfect and at this price it should be better still - this is what prevents me from giving it a 5 star rating.
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Format: Hardcover
The cover of this book (pretty girl posing on the front of a Montreal) might lead you to expect a "coffee table" book full of nice pictures of Montreals in picturesque locations. While it does include some of the expected eye candy, the real focus is on the owning and running of a Montreal. As a potential buyer you will find the buying guide very useful if not a little off-putting. As an owner, the chapter on the Montreal's Achilles' Heels will no doubt scare you. The chapters on maintenance, repairs and modification are so in depth this could almost be considered a workshop manual. For example, being an Alfa with a detuned racing engine there are a lot of special tools required and they are all listed in the appendix so you can obtain or make your own.

In short, this book contains every bit of accumulated knowledge about the Montreal. This will be way beyond the interest of a casual enquirer but essential to an owner.

If only someone would make a similar book to cover the BMW 635Csi!
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Format: Hardcover
Alfa Romeo Montreal (Essential Companion Series)
Already bought 7 copies of this wonderful book, one is on the shelf and anybody has to touch it, one is for daily advices, the other copies were a gift for particular friends loving Alfa Romeo and specially Montreal.
Giorgio Penatti.
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Format: Hardcover
There must be few motoring books on the market as well written written and graphically excellent as Bruce Taylor's Alfa Romeo Montreal - Essential Companion. The fact that it covers one of the most mythical and misunderstood Italian cars of the seventies makes this an even more remarkable achievement. If you have even the most passing interest in these cars, you should own a copy. If you are considering buying one, it is a must!
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