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author photo by Doug DeMuro September 2016

Do you remember the Alfa Romeo 8C? Probably not. Not many people do. Sure, it was gorgeous, fast and unique, but it had some things working against it -- like the fact that it was made in tremendously small numbers, the fact that its base price was over $300,000, the fact that it was the first car from the unfamiliar Alfa Romeo brand in 15 years and the fact that it came out right when the recession hit.

Other than that, it was highly memorable and well-timed.

For those who don't remember the 8C, here's the overview: Alfa Romeo built 500 8C coupes and 500 8C Spiders for the entire world from roughly 2007 to 2010. Power came from a 444-horsepower 4.7-liter V6, capable of going from 0 to 60 miles per hour in about 4.2 seconds, while the sole transmission was a 6-speed single-clutch automatic. Alfa said the top speed was 180 mph, then they said it was even higher.

If you're like me, you've never seen an 8C in a normal setting but rather only at the occasional high-end car show, such as Pebble Beach's display of forgotten exotics. But if you live near Greenwich, Connecticut, you can go see one right now, because there's one listed on Autotrader at world-famous Miller Motorcars with only 1,600 miles on it. For $400,000.

Yes, that's right: This 8C is available right now for $400,000. That's an enormous amount of money, but then again, the 8C is an enormous amount of beautiful. Just look at it! This car is so handsome, perfectly proportioned and wonderfully colored that the current owner bought it in November 2008 -- 2 months after Lehman Brothers collapsed, just as America was plunging into the is-it-ever-going-to-end recession -- presumably because he absolutely had to have it. It's hard to blame him.

Clearly, however, he didn't have to drive it. With just 1,600 miles, this car has averaged just 200 miles a year, or approximately one monthly trip to the local Stop N Save for Q-tips. And now it can be yours.

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