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Should You Really Avoid Open Car Transport For Your Alfa Romeo?

Alfa Romeo produces excellent cars. Not only do they look great but they perform extremely well too. Different models have become part of the collection of many car enthusiasts. 

Parked in your garage, it should be safe and sound. However, there comes a time when you have to transport it. Whether for a show or for personal reasons, transporting your beloved Alfa Romeo can be nerve-racking. 

Most will suggest transporting it in an enclosed trailer, especially for long distances. But should you really avoid open car transport? Believe it or not, there are instances when you may prefer to transport your Alfa Romeo with an open trailer. Let’s discuss those further below. 

The Difference Between Open And Enclosed Transport

There are different ways to transport a vehicle. If you are going by land, you could go for either open transport or enclosed transport. The main difference between the two is the truck used. 

Open Car Transport

For open car transport, an open car trailer is used. Open trailers vary in sizes and some even have a top-level too. These are quite handy when transporting multiple vehicles. However, they don’t have side coverings or a roof. That makes the cars exposed to the elements. 

Open car transport is relatively safe to use. In fact, most cars are transported through this method, even brand new ones. 

Enclosed Car Transport

On the other hand, there’s also the enclosed car transport where your vehicle will be completely enclosed in a trailer. It has a roof and the four sides are covered. This provides better protection against the elements and is the preferred method of transporting luxury vehicles like Alfa Romeos. 

Usually, the open trailers and enclosed ones have similar sizes. However, due to the presence of the walls and roof, it may not be able to fit as many cars as compared to open trailers. Usually, an open trailer can fit up to 12 vehicles but an enclosed trailer of the same size can only fit up to 7 cars. 

If you only have one or two cars to transport, there may also be smaller enclosed trailers that transport companies could use. 

The walls of enclosed trailers can be made of durable fiberglass, tin, aluminum, or soft canvas. Soft canvas offers the least protection but it could still effectively protect the vehicle from prying eyes and some environmental elements like rain showers. 

When To Use Open Transport For Your Alfa Romeos

As we’ve said, ideally, you’d want to select enclosed transport for your Alfa Romeo. However, there are times when open transport will also come in handy and maybe preferred more. Here are a few reasons to choose the open transport option.

Affordability

If you are on a tight budget and simply need to transport your vehicle, an open transport will save you more money than an enclosed one. Although your car is more exposed, many cars have been successfully transported through open transport without damage.

Most Available Option

Not all car transport companies could offer the enclosed car transport option. The standard is open car transport. It is more affordable so more people are likely to choose it, which is also why most companies only offer it. 

The clients for enclosed transport are limited. If the demand is low, transport companies wouldn’t prioritize buying such trailers. Enclosed car transport may be considered as a specialized transport procedure.

Due to a smaller demand, there may also be lesser units available for use. If the company only has one enclosed trailer and is in use, you’d have to wait for it. If you are transporting the vehicle as soon as possible, an open car transport could be a better option. 

Efficient Car Transport

If you are transporting multiple cars, you are likely to choose one that can fit all of your vehicles instead of splitting them into two groups. As we’ve mentioned, even if the trailers of enclosed and open car transport are of the same size, open car transport would still be able to fit more than an enclosed one.

Better Fuel Economy

Another reason why open car transport is more affordable than enclosed car transport is due to the fuel efficiency of the truck. Due to the absence of the walls and roof, open car transport is much lighter than an enclosed one. That helps reduce fuel consumption, plus it also helps reduce exhaust. It may be a better option for those who are concerned about the pollution it produces to transport their vehicles. 

Final Words

So you see, transporting your Alfa Romeo with open car transport isn’t so bad. Although it is ideal to use enclosed car transport, the alternative also works. There are instances that open car transport works best in your favor. Before you automatically dismiss the idea of open car transport, weigh your options first. It may just be the one you need. 

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The History Of The Alfa Romeo Montreal

Nobody really likes a history lesson but you should certainly make this an exception. Have you ever heard of the Alfa Romeo Montreal? Although it wasn’t cleared for sales in the US, it’s still worth getting to know because it is the only Alfa’s postwar vehicle with a V8 engine.

For today, we are going to take a closer look at the beginnings of the iconic Alfa Romeo Montreal. We’ll delve into what makes it so special and unique to the other cars Alfa Romeo produced over the years. Plus, you’ll also get to discover the reason for the fall of this iconic vehicle.  

In The Beginning

It was in 1967 when the Montreal was created. It was actually built for the Montreal Expo and is based on the four-cylinder Giulia. The bodywork was done by Marcello Gandini who also designed the other coupes that Alfa produced. It took about six months to create this vehicle and the overall appearance resembled the Lamborghini Miura as well as the Lamborghini Espada. This mid-engined vehicle had B-pillar louvers, slatted headlight covers, and a Kamm tail. 

What’s In The Name

Luxurious Appointments Abound Inside – Alfa Romeo Montreal

The concept car produced for the expo didn’t really have a name. So Alfa just used the name “Montreal”. This model could have easily used the engine for the standard coupes Alfa had produced. However, it didn’t. Alfa’s racing subsidiary, Autodelta, developed a 1995cc V8, which was used for the 33 Stradale and the Tipo 33 sports racer. With this, Alfa decided to place a detuned version of the engine to the Montreal. 

The Montreal V8 Engine

The V8 engine fitted on the Montreal is what makes it special. It had a 2,593 cc capacity with a midrange torque. The engine used the Alfa-SPICA mechanical fuel injection paired with a dry-sump oil system, aluminum block heads, and a hemispherical combustion chamber. With this, the Alfa Montreal had a torque of 173 lb-ft at 4750 rpm and 200 hp at 6500 rpm. 

With a powerful engine, the Montreal was built as a fast car for its time. It could reach 0-60 in less than 8 seconds and it could also reach the top speed of about 135 mph. However, it also featured less attractive parts like the suspension with strong initial understeer combined with fatter tires and heavier weight due to the nose design. This made cornering more difficult.

The Fall Of The Montreal 

The main reason for Montreal’s fall was the very thing that made it unique. The V8 engine was very attractive but it was also expensive to run as it consumes a lot of fuel. Additionally, proper maintenance and repair isn’t available at all shops because it requires the use of specialized tools. This may be the reason why Alfa didn’t certify it for sales in the US. 

The last of the produced vehicles was released in 1977 and only roughly 3900 vehicles were produced. Even if this car wasn’t a great success for the Alfa Romeo, it still has its name in history for being the only postwar vehicle produced by alfa with a V8 as the regular engine. 

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