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The plastic trim panel for the trunk-latch area of an Alfa Romeo Montreal is apparently no longer available. We had a Montreal in the shop on which the trunk-latch panel had completely deteriorated. Someone in the past had made repairs to the ends with fiberglass patches but at this point they were failing also and most of the back flange had crumbled away. It would have been a good candidate for 3D printing I suppose but since the panel is about 43 inches long (about 1080 mm) a very large printer would be needed.

We fabricated a new panel out of sheet aluminum and incorporated the same gentle compound curve to match the back of the Montreal’s trunk opening. We then covered the panel in black leather, a nice and subtle upgrade.