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I have an opportunity to purchase this car in a private sale. The car is in Europe and, after getting it to the USA and paying import fees and taxes, I will have about $105K invested. Should I do it?

https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/sets/72157650711949428/

This is NOT a restored car. it has dings/dents/minor scratches and this is what it makes it so rare and important. The car has never been repaired/cut/welded/dismantled. Other than an exterior repaint in the early ‘80s, it is 100% original, its interior is ‘’reference material’’. It runs and drives LIKE A NEW CAR. The car has NEVER been offered for sale publicly all its life.

SELLER'S DESCRIPTION:

Engine as smooth as it gets, starts instantly, idles perfectly, exceptional oil pressure, excellent water temp at all times, the spica works like new.

Exhaust brand new, custom made stainless steel, rumbles like a proper V8.

Electrics, everything works, including all gauges, switches etc. Power windows work but the passenger side one is quite slow. I could try to repair it, I believe it needs cleaning and nothing more.

Brakes, very firm and secure, these cars were never renowned for their brakes, this is very good, the entire braking system has been rebuilt just 1000 km ago.

Clutch, smooth as butter, one of the best aspects of the car.

Interior, like new and 100% original, fitted with expensive cocomats. Period radio works fine.

Steering and handling: steering on the heavy side but it gets better with speed, steering is low though, it is like that by design, the car feels slightly "nervous" on the edge, it slightly bounces more than it should but not to an annoying level. I have been driving a Miura regularly, I think that the Monty feels better.

Recently bought the ultra rare battery cover (a $500 piece), it will come with the car unused. Heater works perfectly, under side as clean as it gets, completely original and untouched. Paint job old but aged to perfection, it has developed this lovely patina that could pass as original paint. The bonnet was repainted recently as well as the wheels, they look new.
 

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Can't say much about the car as Montreal values have jumped significantly in recent past, but the seller has an impeccable reputation.
 

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Calling the interior "reference material" might be a stretch. I believe the seats were recovered, the rear of the seat backs should have large (about 2mm holes) perforations from the factory, I'm not sure about the fine perforations on the seat cushions either. It's not a big deal but if your looking for originality I would question this. Beautiful car though. Good luck with your purchase.
 

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Monty's have jumped in price a lot in the past decade. This one looks really nice.
 

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The car is a beautiful example. My two comments would be:

1. Buy it to drive it and hold on to it. These are great cars that will keep getting better with age.

2. As far as the car's condition, I would ask if the water pump bearing has been replaced/had the upgrade mods. It is the main point of engine failure. That is how I came to own mine...it failed, owner did not want to put more money in to car so he sold it to me.

Good luck with the sale, keep us posted!

JP
 

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Period correct color but prefer the Lemans Blue and or Mint Green or Metallic Orange...That being said, Peter's points about the interior seats are valid (most were cloth, leather was rare but not perforated)...Monty's definitely rose abruptly...room for more ???
Sure !! But maybe not as fast...Time for the Step Nose's to close the gap !!!
 

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one thing's for sure: a seller who has taken the time to post such great photos has to be proud of the quality of the car he's selling:)

looks wonderful.
I personally prefer the cloth seats.....just seem to fit with the whole 'monty design concept' that little bit better, imho.

as for the heavy steering, mine had this too, you live with it..or, you could just go for the EZ (a Dutch company) electric power steering mod for a few grand extra.
 

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I remember about 15 years ago when I bought a house in Chandler AZ and was going to the Barrett Jackson Auctions in Scottsdale. Maserati Ghibili's were about $75 to $95K and Spiders were twice that. I, doubled my money on my house but could have tripled my money or more on the Maserati. Monty's are going crazy now but I'd still probably buy a house or condo in AZ or North Las Vegas with my limited resources.
 

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Calling the interior "reference material" might be a stretch. I believe the seats were recovered, the rear of the seat backs should have large (about 2mm holes) perforations from the factory...
Regarding the seats, I am fairly sure that the seats in the Blue Montreal are original, as is the rest of the interior. The seat backs do not have any perforations like Peter mentioned. Hennalore also commented once about her seats having perforated wood seat backs. Underneath the vinyl seat back, I can feel 9 holes (vents?) and a ~2.5" slot opposite where the headrest adjuster goes (interchangeable parts?). Just tonight I went through both of Bruce Taylor's books on the Montreal.
The following pages in MONTREAL The Dream Car that Came True show the seat backs: p.59, 122, 180 and 192 shows a similar seat front. Montreal the Essential Companion shows seat backs on these pages: 27, 155 and others with sheep skin covers.

The Montreal prototype seats shown on page 12 and 21 in (M-tEC) appear to be covered very similarly to the $105K car. I could not find any photographs of 'perforated' or 'wood' seat backs and suspect they are much less common.

If the original poster does not have these books, he should; especially "M-tEC". They can be found occasionally for ~$150 -250 although one on eBay is continuously offered for 4,995! (perhaps s/n 001 or 500/500?)
Mark
Gold is not my favorite Montreal color, so I am admittedly biased but I would think this car is fully priced and then some.
 

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Sold

This car was sold to someone in Europe willing to pay for for it than I was able to. So I'm still in the market
 
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