According to the German vehicle registration papers, the Fahrzeugbrief, the Montreal spent its first 30 years in the Bonn area. According to Archivio Storico Alfa Romeo, it was produced 31. December 1972 and sold to the German importer in Frankfurt on 14. May 1973. I don’t know what happened to it after that, but it was eventually sold to Hans Klaus Wirtz from Ippendorf, a suburb in Bonn, on 16. January 1975. I don’t know where Herr Wirtz bought the car, but since Germany was (and is) a major market for Alfa Romeo, one can safely assume there were several Alfa dealers in Bonn, the then-capital of West-Germany. Wirtz’ got the license plates “BN-UU 6”. Herr Wirtz kept the Montreal until 12. April 1977, when he sold it to Bernhard (or Bernd) Herpertz from Duisdorf, Bonn.
Herpertz owned the Duisdorf branch of the Spitzweg-Apotheke, and was 31 years old when he took over the car from Wirtz. At the same time, the registration changed to “BN-VL 1″. Evidently Herpertz drove the Montreal mostly in the summer, because the fazhreugbrief bears the evidence of plates being handed in every September/October, only to be put on the car again the following April/May. I assume there are provisions in the German regulations for this, much the same as in Norway. It was reportedly his third car. Sometime during Herpertz’ ownership (I think), the car changed colour from AR521 Rosso into an unknown red. Most of the stainless steel trim along the sides and in the nose, as well as the rear badge and script was also removed in the process. The car bears no evidence of an accident, so it might just have been an attempt to give it a different look.
A Bescheinigung dated September 2000, gave Herpertz a temporary permission to drive the Montreal in regular traffi in order to go to Alfa Romeo club events or similar. I don’t know any details of what happened to the car after that, but Markus Irgel, the third owner, bought it from Herpertz in 2000 and handed in the plates. An emissions test from late 2000 shows only 300 kms less mileage than it had when I first saw it in October 2005. Irgels name is not in the car papers, so he may have sold the Montreal on Herpertz’ behalf. The pictures that was used to advertise the Montreal on mobile.de were taken in the spring of 2004.
Herpertz had all the servicing done at Irgel’s garage (Auto Center Irgel). The head mechanic at Auto Center Irgel is (or was?) apparently somewhat of an Alfa Romeo expert, and had the kind of knowledge needed to service the already aging car. There is no documentation on what has been done, for in Irgel’s own words, they were all done “under the table”. In any case, the car has evidently been well maintained and cared for all its life. The only entry in the service carnet is from 1982 at 66.000 kms, but this entry does not carry a dealer stamp or any other evidence of where the service was done. The free service coupons for 6.000 and 12.000 kms have not been used and are still left in the service carnet.
I bought it 23. October 2005 and brought it the 1300 kms home on a car trailer. It was not in a condition for such a long trip. It is currently undergoing a restoration.
1975 – 1977 Hans Klaus Wirtz, Ippendorf, Bonn, Germany
1977 – 2000 Bernhard Herpertz, Duisdorf, Bonn, Germany
2000 – 2005 Markus Irgel, Königswinter-Oberpleis, Germany
2005 – Tor Willy Austerslått, Oslo, Norway