17. Alfa Romeo Spider
Introduced in 1966, Alfa Romeo Spider was the Italian answer to the popularity of British roadsters. Initially called the Duetto, the Spider was built on Alfa’s 105 sedans/coupe base. It had a Pininfarina-designed body, alloy twin cam engines, and rear-wheel drive. During the late 1960s, the Spider became very popular after it was featured in the movie “The Graduate.” In that classic hit, Dustin Hoffman drove a red example.
While the rest of the roadsters vanished from the American market, Alfa managed to sell Spiders until 1994, which just shows how popular this car was here. The engine choices ranged from 1.3 to 2.0-liter four-cylinder with 105 to 130 HP. Earlier models had carburetors and later models had fuel injection systems. Alfa made over 124,000 elegant Spiders and most of them were sold in the States. The final model year was 1994 and there were four generations of the model. For less than $20,000, you can pretend that you are a young Dustin Hoffman. But pay attention to rust issues, since classic Alfa Spiders were highly rust-prone (via FCA Heritage).