Perhaps the issue was related to how we presented the cars, but it is really easy to point a finger at the leprosy jokes, and it doesn't even have to be your finger. If it were my money on the line for a sub $10k front-drive European car, the answer is a redheaded V4 powered Italian. The Lancia Fulvia Coupe is a gorgeous car that looks good in perfect original condition, covered in a patina of age or decked out for rally competition.
Yes, it is true, you are going to have a hard time finding a sub $10k Fulvia Coupe, but they do show up occasionally, such as this 1971 Lancia Fulvia offered for 6000 GPB ($10,008 USD at time of printing) offered in South Africa via the carsandclassic.co.uk website. The photos, description and location of the car are not the most desirable...but...imagine what a few fog lamps and stickers would do for that Fulvia...
What front drive Euro car would you pick for less than $10k? Comments below or send us note; firstname.lastname@example.org
Photo credits; pietroz