Market Finds: Classic '80s Italian Cars For Sale Now

Classic ’80s Italian Cars For Sale Now

Petrolicious Productions By Petrolicious Productions
November 19, 2014

The 1980s produced some pretty bogus machines as the auto industry finally began learning how to deal with the ’70s emissions constrictions and OPEC shocks. But there were also some bright spots, we received the Ferrari F40 and Lamborghini Countach from Italy, among others. There were also a fair share of Italian cars that were poorly built, less than exciting, or coasted by on the legacy of their emblems, but that doesn’t stop us from adoring some of the better examples today. Pull out your denim jacket and favorite cassettes because we’ve found some great 1980s Italian sports cars available now.

The car: 1981 Ferrari 308 GTSi

Price: $26,100.00 (Current Bid)

Location: Naples, Florida, USA

Seller’s Info: Click here

From the designer that brought us the Ferrari Daytona comes the 308, the quintessential ’80s car. What it lacks in performance it makes up in character, after all, it was good enough for Tom Selleck. The 308 was available as a Targa or Berlinetta. But regardless of which color you choose the only real color option is red. Additionally, major service was performed about 1100 miles ago.

The car: 1981 Fiat 2000 Spider

Price: $10,000

Location: La Cañada, California, USA

Seller’s Info: Click here

You don’t need to spend more than ten thousand to get a clean Italian icon. Fiat built some respectable cars that are often overlooked. The worthy Fiat 2000 Spider was designed by American legend Tom Tjaarda (although a few people “helped”) and manufactured by Pininfarina. This rust-free 2000 has lived in California its entire life. Recent service includes a new top, fuel tank, and fuel pump.

The car: 1989 Lancia Delta Integrale 16v

Price: €22,900

Location: Milano, Italy

Seller’s Info: Click here

The Lancia Delta Integrale has earned its status as a rally car legend. The 2.0 liter 16v is turbocharged and sends 200 bhp to the front and rear wheels. The 16v also has a 0-60 time less than the new GTI. The seller of this Lancia lists the condition as “perfect” and “all original.” This factory rally car is available in Milano, Italy.

The car: 1989 Alfa Romeo Spider Veloce

Price: $13,100 (Current bid)

Location: Burlington, Kentucky, USA

Seller’s Info: Click here

The easily recognizable Series 3 Spider was produced from 1983 to 1989. It was available as a 2.0 liter in North America and a 1.6 liter in Europe. This “like new” Veloce has only 30,090 miles on the clock and spent most of its life in dry Arizona. The seller claims the car is rust free and never involved in an accident.

The car: 1987 DeTomaso Pantera GT5-S

Price: $150,000

Location: Rockville, Maryland, USA

Seller’s Info: Click here

An automotive genius decided to build a mid-engine Italian auto with an American V8 and call it a Panther. The DeTomaso Pantera was produced from 1971 to 1991 with steady North American importing through 1975. This GT5-S was imported into the United States and has less than 11,000 miles. The seller believes the Pirellis to be original to the car. The car is estimated to be one of only 187 GT5-S models built.

If you know of a great, stylish car for sale and would like us to feature it, please let us know!

Petrolicious makes no claim as to the accuracy of the information contained in the car’s original listing, nor will it be held responsible for any errors in said information. If you’re interested in any of these cars, do your homework and research extensively before you buy.

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I am struggling to find a favourite here, they are so good. I think the Lancia is a cracker, but if possible would get a lter 90’s version; the Alfa is great but would prefer an earlier one; and the Fiat looks wonderful, but would like a 124.
There is something about all of them that just pulls on me though.

TJ Martin
TJ Martin

308GTSi – Way over priced ! FIAT 2000 Spider – A bit too pricey for what it is and how much it’ll cost you in the long run Lancia Delta Integrale – Oh yeah … its one ___ of a car . But good luck bringing one here to the US as well as trying to track down most of the parts for when it breaks [ which is often ] as well as a competent mechanic able to work on the beast even in the EU/UK . But its a mighty fine Ferrari killing [ on public roads ]… Read more »


Nay, all that tupperware on the GTS coarsens the fine design.
It’s the Pantera that is over-priced not the 308 !
Once again you shown your ignorance in commenting on the Integrale’s reliability.
I ran a 16v in the UK for nearly 20,000ml with no break downs.
Parts are plentiful as Lancia dipped into the Fiat catalogues when designing the car.


@TJ Martin – An integrale can easily be brought into the US now in earlier 8v / 16v form under the 25 year rule. As regards reliability – I have owned 3 integrales over the last 14 years (current evo 1 for the last 7 years) and have NEVER been left stranded by one. Finding someone to work on it has never been a problem (someone in any Italian car club always knows someone to work on them). I rarely reply on petrolicious but always read their articles and feel that your IP address should be blocked as you constantly… Read more »


Dear Santa!
I have been good all year long!
I’m not even asking for a new car!……………


Matthew Lange
Matthew Lange

Probably says something about car design in the 80s that all of of these are based on designs launched in the 70s and even the 60s. For me it would have to be the Integrale of these.