My first Alfa was a 1987 Milano Gold. Even though this was not the most powerful version of this model, it was a hoot to drive. I bought it with 100k miles on it and drove it until it had 150k miles. At that time, it was going to cost too much to fix the ailments, and I sold it. <Sigh> Now, that was a mistake. So, for about 4 years, I didn't have an Alfa. I started looking last year, and after many very bad 164s, and a couple of good ones that the deal fell through on, I found one on Ebay. Passion overtook reason, and I bought it.
Well, it was a mess, and I probably paid too much for it. But I had one. Now, don't get me wrong, I don't regret getting the car, as I kind of wanted a project anyway. (Well, that it was...)