25. Alfa Romeo GTV6
Jeremy Clarkson once said, “You can’t be a true petrolhead until you’ve owned an Alfa Romeo,” in an episode of Top Gear. By “petrolhead,” he meant driving enthusiast, and as always, he was overreacting. However, owning a GTV6 is highly recommended. This Tipo 105 successor was the coupe version of the Alfetta, which Alfa Romeo introduced in the late ’70s. This car with the chassis code 116 came with advanced construction and an updated suspension. But it also featured several interesting details. First, it had a transaxle gearbox that vastly improved the weight distribution; thus, the handling.
Second, it had a De Dion type rear axle that helped the cornering and driving dynamics. With a 2.5-liter V6 engine in the front, the GTV6 delivered 160 to 170 HP and vivid performance numbers by the standards of the day. Even today, GTV6 is known for its perfect driving dynamics, solid acceleration times, and the fantastic soundtrack from the high revving V6. Interestingly, they sold this car in the USA and even offered it with an optional turbo kit by Callaway performance. And that was good for a whopping 233 HP. The prices are currently affordable, so this could be the perfect starter classic if you are into Italian sports cars.