1985 Alfa Romeo Graduate, With Bonus Italian DOTS Poll

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Italian cars have been mighty rare in this series, so I was pleased to run across this '85 Alfa Romeo Graduate parked in the island's East End. I see this car moving under its own power on a regular basis, so it's a genuine driver (not just someone's hopeless Hell Project).

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1985 Alfa Romeo Graduate, With Bonus Italian DOTS Poll


We've seen an '89 Graduate already in this series, but the 1985 was the first year for the "entry-level" version of the Alfa Romeo Spider and that makes this example seem more significant.

1985 Alfa Romeo Graduate, With Bonus Italian DOTS Poll


You didn't get alloy wheels or luxury goodies when you bought a Graduate in '85, but you did get a real Italian sports car for just $14,395 (two grand more than the V6-powered Fiero GT). Which would you buy?

1985 Alfa Romeo Graduate, With Bonus Italian DOTS Poll


It's in pretty decent shape for a street-parked 23-year-old Italian commuter car. Good enough shape to win our first-ever Favorite Italian DOTS car poll? Let's find out! I thought of including the Pininfarina-styled Datsun 411 and MGB-GT in the choices, but decided against it.

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Rob Emslie

My sister in law has a very nice 1969 boat-tail duetto, also white, which took third in class at the Los Angeles Concours d' Elegance last Sunday. These are really nice cars, however Alfa Romeo Daily Driver is a bit of a contradiction in terms isn't it?

Still, I voted for the X1/9, although I should have voted for the Lancia. I'm still a little in shock over the whole POLAR incident.