I took a look at this car about a month ago. It's a project car, but has the potential. https://sandiego.craigslist.org/csd/...861149484.html
The good: Body looked good and seemed to be accident free. Blue plate. Has some performance mods (per the owner). Tranny pretty good with minimal 2nd gear grind. I didn't notice any of the normal rust problems, but I didn't climb under the car.
The bad: Interior not too hot, but acceptable. Paint is fair, but you could put a nice shine with a buff. Front bumper missing turn signal lens on drivers side and center grille guard is bent. If I remember correctly, the back bumper was dented, though I could be wrong. Normal rubber seal deteriorating.
The ugly: My gut feeling is that this car wasn't maintained well. Also, it died on my test drive. Not once, not twice, but many, many times. So bad that I had to pull into a parking lot. The owner said it was from filling the gas tank while the engine was running. Looking under the hood, I think it was due to missed maintenance. Plan on spending money to get it back to running condition. The oil pressure light also turned on (flickered) as the car idled (when warm) and the gauge was at 1-2 lbs.
Other info. The seller was a former car salesman, so there's nothing wrong with the car. In that industry, it's up to the buyer to confirm everything. I was very disappointed when I saw the car. Mainly because I told the seller that I was driving from Pasadena and if the car was good, I'd give him cash and drive it home. He knew there was an engine problem and he had me drive all the way out to find out it's not a good running car. The other thing is that I asked him how many others have seen the car - it's been on and off CL for quite a while. He made up stories about the car being too much power for the buyer or other stuff. In person, he seems like a nice guy, but that car salesman bit about wasting my time because he couldn't be honest. Add to it, the low oil pressure and I decided that I don't need another engine rebuild project.
But, if you have the bug, the pre-smog Spiders are so much better to drive vs the Bosch cat cars like your '84.
And don't worry, I started with an '83 (Bosch cat car), then moved up to an '80 - don't buy an '80 or '81. I still have the '80 and I do drive it more than my others. Next came the '71 with dual Webers. Oh my, that's a car. Super cool with the old style seat belts, chrome mirrors, steel wheels, etc. Then just recently, I found a '74 with super low miles that needs paint, seat covers, floor pan plus some minor details. I may try to make it a "2" car, but I don't know if I want to invest that much.
Have fun and enjoy your Alfas. These motors are a little tricky to rebuild - it's not a small block Chevy! So if you need a rebuild, plan on $5-6K or so. The people on this site are awesome and they're here to help.