• The Most Affordable Classic Italian Sports Cars You Can Buy

Some of these forgotten classic Italian cars gave great driving experiences despite their maintenance quirks

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Most of you have seen that car review that had the presenters do a road trip with cheap classic Italian cars, detailing the amazing driving experience but comically living through the numerous gremlins. These classic cars may have been achingly beautiful and great to drive, but they manifest some of the worst faults as time goes by. That and the technological gaps are probably the reason why a Maserati would cost below $25,000. Of course, some classic cars cost more than their weight in gold today, but this is another type of list. Rather than the highly sought-after auction potentials, these classic cars will attract envy without costing every arm and leg.

Lancia Delta HF IntegraleXJ6

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The Lancia Integrale was introduced in 1979 at the height of Lancia’s supremacy in the rallying world before Group B was banned. As the precursor to hot hatches, the Integrale had a powerful engine and amazing grip, which is probably why it was so successful on many WRC rally stages. The production car had a 2.0-liter turbocharged engine and produced upwards of 220 horsepower. It felt well balanced and featured an all-wheel-drive system. Lancia stopped production in 1994 after making an estimated 40,000 models. This option is great for rally enthusiasts and is usually priced above $30,000.

Maserati Bi-Turbo Coupe

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Introduced in 1981, the Biturbo coupe was meant to be an economical sports sedan and grand tourer. The Biturbo featured a front-engine but rear-wheel drive system along with three engine alternatives. You could have a 2.0-liter at the base, though there were the 2.5-liter and 2.8-liter for the higher trims. The standard 2.0-liter V-6 engine still had two turbochargers, which was the first time for a production car. Output was 180 horsepower for the base engine, while the 2.8-liter produced 225 horsepower. As expected, the Biturbos had great fit and finish within the cabin following brand reputation. There were burlwood inserts and leather seating. Suede interiors with sports seats were also available upon ordering. The one mark against the Biturbo, though, is their reputation for mechanical problems over the years. If you are thinking of getting one of these, please do the due diligence, which means verifying the car’s background and problems before making a decision.

Alfa Romeo 2000 GTV

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The GTV is one of the prettiest cars of the mid to late 90s, representing the automaker’s golden age. It was developed on the Tipo platform, which had a redesigned multilink suspension and a choice between a 2.0-liter and 3.0-liter V6 engine. These produce 150 and 220 horsepower, respectively, and are linked to a five-speed manual transmission. Even with the V6 engine, the GTV was not exactly a fast car considering the acceleration to 60 miles per hour took 8.4 seconds, but it made up in looks what it did not have in performance. The interior was also good, with pleated leather seating offered in white, red, or tan.

Alfa Romeo Spider

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The Two-seater convertible roadster was the descendant of the Giulia Spider. Revealed at the 1966 Geneva, the Spider was one of the most iconic models from the automaker. Alfa Romeo’s goal apparently was to combine the driving pleasure of a grand tourer with a touch of luxury. To achieve this, the Spider featured a 1.3-liter twin cam engine rated at 88 horsepower. that was the series 1. In 1971, alfa Romeo gave the Spider a facelift adding the ’Kamm Tail and an engine upgrade to the 2.0 liter, which produced 132 horsepower. During this era, the Spider gained notice in the American market after being driven by Dustin Hoffman in ’the Graduate.’ It was also able to keep up with the performance tastes of most western buyers. The third iteration came in 1983 after pressure from the regulatory agencies on safety. The automaker added new hard rubber bumpers with integrated turn signals and parking lights underneath. The updates to the final iteration during the 90s were minimal as well, including Veloce leather seating for the interior and fuel injection for the engine. You can purchase a well-maintained Spider at between $15,000 and $23,000 currently.

Read our full review on the Alfa Romeo Spider

Lancia Kappa Coupe

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The Kappa coupe was one of Lancia’s rarest offerings during the 90s. It had a 2.0-liter turbocharged engine that produced 202 horsepower. The Kappa could accelerate to 60 miles per hour in 7 seconds and reach a top speed of 151 mph. The Kappa coupe, though, was left-handed considering Lancia began building right-side oriented vehicles after 1994. That would have made it an option for the American market, but sadly Lancia had not branched out that far. The automaker sadly lost out on the European market because of this, which is why the Kappa Coupe became one of the forgotten Lancia models. The coupe currently ranges between $8,000 and $15,000.

Alfa Romeo Brera

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The Brera features as an alternative to the expensive Giulia models but still gives the Alfa Romeo feel. It was made as a front-wheel-drive sports car between 2005 and 2010. The nature of the styling is both eye-catching and odd as it is hard to tell whether the Brera is a coupe or a hatchback. The hood was long, and the headlights were narrowed to give that intimidating yet Alfa Romeo appearance. Under the hood, the fast coupe had a 3.2-liter V-6, rated at 256 horsepower. Later, the automaker gave the Brera diesel engine options, including a 2.4-liter JTDm turbo-diesel that produced 210 horsepower. The Brera is one of the more recent and used models retail upwards of $28,000.

Read our full review on the Alfa Romeo Brera

Ferrari Mondial T

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Ferrari intended the Mondial to have both the features of a sports car and a comfortable grand tourer. That may have translated to compromise in the performance department, but the Mondial was a practical and everyday Ferrari that progressively improved through the iterations. The engine was a 3.2-liter V-8 that produced 300 horsepower, meaning the acceleration to 60 mph was 5.6 seconds. It is not exactly a slouch either, then. By 1993 when production ended, the Mondial had sold more than 6800 units which is more than any model Ferrari had sold before. The Mondial T is available between $30,000 and $60,000 as a used model. It is not exactly cheap but objective standards but very economical for a Ferrari.

Read our full review on the Ferrari Mondial T

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