Many of us would like to own an Italian, sports car, is an expensive car to own. Most Italian sports cars all seem to have some kind of endorsement, and as a result, their values remain fairly high.
That’s what most people seem to think, but the truth of the matter is that there are actually some sports cars flying under the radar for a variety of reasons. Some things, some things a little underpowered, some things most Italian cars don’t have. For now you can still access all of them.
10/10 Fiat X1/9
Rust protection has come a long way since these beautiful little sports cars ended production in the 80’s. That was their biggest and most obvious problem. Those that survived repaired the rot or lived in the desert.
For the rare few that escaped the corrosive clutch, they make excellent driver’s cars. I was in balance.
9/10 Lancia Beta Spider Zagato
The Beta platform is actively hated by most Lancia purists, but the Beta Coupe and Spyder Zagato were great little sports cars.
The Spider is arguably one of the most overlooked Lancias, considering it was designed by Pininfarina and manufactured by Zagato. Unfortunately, like many of the cars on this list, it was prone to corrosion.
8/10 fiat 124 spider
Being made by Fiat was bad enough for most Italian sports cars, and having the Fiat badge was basically a curse.
Intimidated by the badge, most collectors avoid the 124. But the 124 was actually a great sports car. The sportier Abarths of this era are now quite collectible, but the base model originals are still available and are considerably cheaper to run.
7/10 Alfa Romeo Spider 2.0
In the ’90s, Alfisti hesitated at the idea of front-wheel drive for his prized GTV. It was a weird move, but Fiats in the 90s were kind of weird.
What those fans don’t know is that the more affordable 2.0-liter Spider is nimble, beautiful, and simply fun to drive. Still underrated to this day, the Alfisty is slowly getting over the entire front drive, so the price won’t last much longer.
6/10 FIAT Dino Spider
Let’s face it, these cars are still pretty expensive to own and operate (Ferrari engines), but they’re ridiculously cheap when compared to the classic Ferrari Dino.
The fact that Ferrari handed this over to Fiat is very notable, as they don’t hand over the engine to anyone. They chose to put his one of these engines into their GT car and called it the Dino, without breaking into its Ferrari heart.
5/10 fiat 850 spider
Although it is a 7/8 scale, it is a genuine sports car designed by Mr. Gigairo. This is probably the most affordable Italian classic sports car money can buy.
However, there is a reason why the value did not rise so much because it can only put out about 50 horsepower. However, it can eventually reach around 90 mph. It’s light, agile, fun to drive, and everything you could ask for in an affordable sports car.
4/10 Lancia Monte Carlo
This is clearly related to the infamous Beta, and we have to come to terms with the fact that it was mostly made of cheese. Then you’ll find that everything else is nearly perfect.
The 2.0-liter twin cam is also fearless, and since it is mounted in the center, it is also excellent at cornering.
3/10 alfa romeo spider
Alfa Romeo nameplates are not associated with any form of authenticity. However, it is an amazing value compared to other convertibles.
Although quite slow by modern standards, it provides an unrivaled driving experience.These cars were sold in high volumes and had such a long production life that spares were easy to find and these engines were used by other Italian It is considerably stronger than the twin cam.
2/10 fiat 124 spider abarth
When Fiat announced it would be rebooting the 124 nameplate, nobody paid much attention to the car, expecting the worst.
The fact that it’s based on the MX-5 platform has turned some fans against. Objectively, it’s a perfect MX-5. What if it got a more sophisticated powertrain and Italian style, and had an injection of “soul”?
1/10 Alfa Romeo 4C
After asking Alpha to build a sports car again, when they finally built it, they ended up being bombarded with a large amount of anti-aircraft fire for various reasons.
Chief among them is the fact that they simply charged too much for it.
Source: FCA Heritage, Haggerty, Bring Your Trailer