Alfa Romeo classics bouncing back in popularity

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The Alfa Romeo hasn't been hot since the '60s, '70s and '80s, but the car is now coming back with a vengeance as a classic collector's ride.

Dorian Valenzuela, who owns a restoration shop in Montebello, California, said in an article posted on the Bloomberg website, that his sales have recently increased by 400 percent, and much of that success can be attributed to classic cars like the Alfa coming back into style. He owns a 1969 Alfa Romeo Giulia, and the attention his car garnered was surprising.

“Popularity-wise, they are higher than ever,” Valenzuela said in the article. “They’re really nimble to drive. They’re peppy. People are starting to realize that they’re a blast.”

Alfas had stopped being sold in the U.S. for a couple decades, but it was Americans' growing interest in the cars that made the Italian manufacturer decide to return, the article said. The Guilia sedan, the Stelvio SUV and 4C are a few of the models that are most popular this time around.

“Alfas have always been kind of a hip kid car anyway – kind of like the Lotus,” Valenzuela said in the article. “You outgrow your Vespa, and you get into your Alfa. The cars have a usefulness to them that is attractive to the kids out there.”

Hemmings and Auto Trader are a couple websites you can find an Alfa, the article said. But Valenzuela suggested visiting enthusiast forums to get educated about the best models to choose from and the best places to get them.

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