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My MG Midget (1500cc) was definitely the most fun car I ever had, and I wish I still had it. No rust issue with that either.
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Had 2 cars that defied the 5 years rusted out. In 1981 I had a 1968 Mk4 Ford Zephyr 6 though the girder worm was getting a start by then. 3 years later I had a 1970 Vauxhall Cresta which had been waxoiled, ziebarted etc from new & despite spending 14 years by the Lancashire coast was fairly rust free. Wish I had them again, I can still remember how to shift a manual 3 on a tree on my Cresta
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I was a working at car dealerships (mechanic) and I’d buy my winter beater cars from what was traded in ( $200 specials)

I had a few “gems”. The worst was a mid 1970’s Opel 2dr coupe. It looked cool, but man was it a bad car. The second worse was a Mazda GLC, what a piece of junk.

The best $200 winter car was a 1973 Chevy Laguna. It had heavily oxidized paint and was the bare bones trim, but it had 350 Cu V8 and ended up lasting me for several years.
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Was the Lancia i was thinking about an Alfa-sud?
Going back to my time as an apprentice mechanic, one of my jobs was to underseal new cars. Used special spray drums. None of the cars back then had plastic inner wheel arches and so all the road crap was flung into every joint. My underseal was about 1/2" thick down door pillars and at the back of light units!
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There was a gorgeous Lancia coupe with a flat 4 which if you had it running on full lock would blow up one side of the engine! The cam belt also drove the power steering pump.
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Some may have been, but I don't think that was 'generally' the case. My first car (Mini 850) was made in 1970, and I bought it when it was 5 years old. It definitely wasn't 'rusted out'; far from it. I kept it for 5 years, and although it had deteriorated a bit during that time, it was still in reasonably good condition. That was typical, I believe, but wasn't true of all cars, of course. As I recall, Fiats were particularly bad.

Fiat has been kicked out of the U.S. twice. Once because of WWI and the other time in the early 80's for poor quality and rust problems. If I'm not mistaken the straw that broke the camels back was a Fiat that literally had the body separate from the frame while driving down the road due to excessive rust.
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I had an '89 flat four, carburated Alfa Romeo 33. It was the successor of the Alfasud. It was a red one of course. With a spoiler! Bought it new, I even married in it.

The good: That small light car that drove like a go kart on a circuit. Went to Italy on holiday with it. It really felt it belonged there in on those small mountain roads and in the city. If you are a foreigner in Italy with an Alfa Romeo, your tha man! (or tha woman of course) people offer you their daughters as matter of speech. They invite you to their home for diner and offer you polenta. Especially in the Milan area. Italians are great.

Now the bad: The roof leaked, because the antenna on the roof was mounted without a rubber seal. The door panels on the inside were different on two doors. The hand brake lever ejected spontaneously and went flying through the car. In winter it stopped running, the mechanical fuel pump froze...twice...Every time leaving the car wash the engine stuttered, it hated water. It was thirsty on gas, but also on oil.
After two summers the red paint turned pink. Rust came through on the most ridiculous places. After 2 years I decided it was enough and got rid of it. Later I heard the new owner had trouble with leaking cyliinder heads.

But, it was a beautiful car, drove like a sports car and the sound of that flat four was incredible exhilarating.
People say you have to have a love-hate relationship with Alfa Romeo's. I can confirm that. I still love them, but I don't think I will ever buy one again.
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1982 ford econoline van, was not econo in any aspect nor line of logic working on a 351 Windsor.
Failing marks on engine from Canada and worse from body manufactured in Detroit...a pig that had dual gas tanks, neither worked correct on gages. God help you if one did not know to route vacuum lines that collapsed or rotted and disappeared into the ether. Carry spare lines if you want a 7mpg roar to shift into 3rd ridiculous tall gear.
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Triumph TR7 was an electrical no mans land. The POD had taken over the squire and no electron could be found on schematic correctly within pulse.
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