You had me at “under the radar” eg BARGAIN. Is good to be old (pre-dementia) for when you show me the 1972 Fiat 500 “estate” variant (always used in funny “clown car” movies like the one where they drove it into the hotel elevator) for (be still my beating heart) selling for $9000!
In my prime in '72, I remember the Fiat that (almost) conquered America, the Fiat 128 four door. No clown car, it’s movie roles included, along with the 124 (fiat limousine series), all the Remy Julienne serious stunts in movies at that time. Enough power to blow the doors off the 500 series, great greenhouse views styling, relatively roomy, frugally passing the gas pump, it was a fantastic economy car.
But all good things come to an end. For when my friends parents bought a new 128 4 door for their two high school age sons for transportation (for $2299 msrp), it lasted about 2 years under those boys careful stewardship. The ensuing days after viewing one of those Remy Julianne movies were exceedingly painful for the 128.
And the cheapest Fiat Topolino “shooting brake” now sells at auction for $9000, as an undervalued classic?,
Stop the world, it’s time I got off.
The mercedes 300 looked nice, but when Leno on his garage video shared the fact that the (hydraulic) window motor on the 600 of that vintage costs $11,000 per door now to replace, plus labor to install; I remembered that the Mercedes “Das beste oder nichts” meant ignoring the repair costs consideration when designing their 'beste" cars… They never cared if it takes a bank loan to buy a spare part.
Sadly, a 1963 merc with a 180 cu in straight six making 158 hp for a 115 mph top speed (with the 4 spd manual) no longer resides in super car desirability territory.