Well, I guess this is how it ends. Because of circumstances beyond my control, La Tempesta is for sale as it sits right now. This is the message I posted to the Alfa Montreal mailing list a couple of days ago:
My red half-finished Montreal no 1428144 is now for sale. Those who have followed my restoration blog for the past 5+ years will know that it is in the middle of a slow moving restoration. It is therefore technically half parts car and half promising project, but the definition is of course up to you.
Everything in the suspension is renewed and have barely touched the road; Bilstein shocks, Classic Alfa handling kit, all new bushes (mix of HD rubber and polyurethane). New-ish Vredestein Sprint Classic 205/70-14 tyres from 2007. Tie rods are also new. Front brakes have the DBA discs with new pads. Brake hoses are new all around. Hand brake cable is new. The exhaust needs replacement badly.
Engine has 97.000 kms on it and probably needs a re-seal, but the actual condition is unknown to me. The resto never got that far.
Body wise the car is incomplete as far as external trim is concerned. Rust repairs have started on the passenger side (sills and B-pillar) and is about halfway done. The driver’s side is largely untouched. New inner sills have been fabricated, and the rest of the (Häckner repro) sills/rocker panels comes with the car. I do not have the quarter panels.
There is rust in the front anti roll bar attachment points as usual, plus the front mud guards need some minor rust repairs. Otherwise the car is sound.
The seats are currently away for restoration at an upholsterer, but we can probably work out the details on that particular matter. The rest of the interior has been removed, including all the carpets and 95% of the sound deadening. I have the old, red carpets.
I am the third owner since 1975. The car and the work I’ve done on it is extensively documented on my blog at http://montreal.break-left.org, but if you have additional questions, please get in touch with me off the list: email email@example.com or telephone +47 480 62 642. I speak fluent English and to some extent German. Swedish and Danish is of course no problem. A small cache of parts is included in the sale. Please see Parts Shelf on the blog.
I am looking to sell it in one piece for around EUR 12,000, excluding any transportation cost.
There you have it. I’ve had some enquiries already, but they apparently hadn’t progressed beyond the hemming and hawing stage. It’s still for sale as of Friday 6th May.