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Andy finds Italian and American appeal on AutoHunter

It’s easy to get excited about a ’79 Alfa 2000 Spider Veloce and a ’70 Camaro RS Z/28

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It’s my turn to pick my AutoHunter favorites as we head into the weekend. Therefore, after looking through the docket, here are the cars that I’d most want parked in my garage.

But these are just my selections. Each week the number of and diversity of cars on the AutoHunter site is growing. See for yourself.

1979 Alfa Romeo 2000 Spider Veloce

I have owned numerous Alfa Romeo cars, including a pair of Spiders. While many compare the Alfa Spider with MG and Triumph roadsters, this is not accurate or fair to the British cars. The Alfa Spider is a much more sophisticated car than the British small-bore roadsters, having an all-aluminum DOHC 2.0-liter 4-cylinder engine, 5-speed gearbox, and even an alloy rear differential. 

Combine that with the striking Pininfarina styling, especially with the Euro market bumper conversion this car has, plus the classic twin hooded gauge dash layout, and the Alfa is in a whole other league. 

I think of these cars as a sort of small-bore exotic. Think of it as the affordable classic Italian roadster, with more brand equity than a Fiat 124 Spider combined with only slightly higher running costs. 

This car offers a lot of classic Italian car fun and looks like an nice example.

1970 Chevrolet Camaro RS Z/28

My other choice is something completely different. These early second-generation Camaros are, to me, one of the best designs to ever come out of the GM styling department from the 1960s through the 1980s.

There are hints of Ferrari mixed with an almost Aston look to these cars, and it’s all tied together so well. 

These cars are fast, fun to drive, well built, and comfortable, all adding  to their allure. I have owned a Gen 2 Camaro, though mine was a 1974 which lacked the drama of the split-bumper front end that this RS-specification car shows. 

I honestly think the 1970 Camaro RS is the absolute best-looking Camaro ever created and this example, finished in Copper Poly paint with white stripes over a Sandalwood interior, is one I would love to own. 

The seller states that this car has its matching numbers LT1 V8 with a factory rating of 360 horsepower and 380 pound-feet of torque. Combine that with a factory automatic gearbox and this is a true Grand Touring car American style.

But there’s more to consider on the AutoHunter site, so take a look.

Andy Reid
Andy Reid's first car, purchased at age 15, was a 1968 Fiat 124 coupe. His second, obtained by spending his college savings fund, was a 1966 Ferrari 330 GT 2+2. Since then, he has owned more than 150 cars—none of them normal or reasonable—as well as numerous classic motorcycles and scooters. A veteran of film, television, advertising and helping to launch a few Internet-based companies, Reid was a columnist for Classic Motorsports magazine for 12 years and has written for several other publications. He is considered an expert in European sports and luxury cars and is a respected concours judge. He lives in Canton, Connecticut.

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