Alfa Romeo Spider
Entering the car market in 1966, the Alfa Romeo Spider was the Italian answer to the popularity of British roadsters. Eventually, it became globally popular and the Alfa Romeo model with the longest production run. Initially, they called it the Duetto, building the Spider on Alfa’s 105 sedans/coupe base. It came with a Pininfarina-designed body, all alloy twin cam engines and rear wheel drive.
During the late ‘60s, the Spider became popular after the movie, The Graduate, where Dustin Hoffman drove a red example. While most roadsters vanished from the American market, Alfa managed to sell Spiders all the way up to 1994. And that just shows how popular this car was in the states. The engine choices ranged from 1.3 to 2.0-liter four cylinders producing 105 to 130 HP. While the earlier cars had carburetors, the later models came with fuel injection systems.
Alfa made over 124,000 elegant Spiders, selling most of them in America. The final model year was 1994 and there were four generations of this model. Alfa Romeo kept the same mechanical layout but changed some design details, bumpers and lights. But for less than $20,000, you can pretend you are a young Dustin Hoffman. However, do pay attention to any rust issues since those classic Alfa Spiders are rust prone.