My comments were never intended to irritate, just prompt a discussion, although I think you may have misinterpreted my comment, so I'll explain it a little clearer.
I believe my opinion is based on fact, the Germans were all contemporary rivals to Alfas. I'm not inferring they are of a superior quality at all. Merely that they should be considered by any prospective buyer of any Alfa of what else is available in the price range. This is what Joe Bloggs the non-Alfa owner does. Indeed I get it quite regularly, "Why did you buy THAT when you could have bought an ...XYZ... whatever...?" The Alfa image for some will forever mean unreliability and rust, whether that's true or not is irrelevant.
My 75 was $4k and I believe that was good money to pay for a very good car. The V6 listed at $10k is huge money by comparison. It may be in as new condition and it would certainly need to be; but only a diehard purist would be willing to pay the asking price.
Case study: A colleague runs a mid '90's BMW 540, bought for around $6.5k over 2 years ago. It's got over 200kms on the clock now but is in fabulous condition. As passionate as I am about Alfas, I have to admit that's a **** fine car for the money. Granted, if/when something goes bang it'll require a mortgage to fix, but there's no denying the bang for buck value. You're right, older Alfas are a bargain; jack the price up and they're not. A 22 year old V6 Alfa or a 15 year old V8 BMW? I know which one I want, but I wouldn't be prepared to pay the premium for it.
There are people equally passionate about German cars as we are about Alfas. I considered a Mercedes a while back as a daily driver and looked at quite a few. I recall you advised to steer clear of anything mid-90's. Good advice. They felt quite cold and soulless, but very solid. Buying a German car would now feel like selling my soul to the devil though.
I just believe I'm open minded enough to look past Alfas. Comparisons can be drawn between several old Alfas and their German rivals, all of which are worth considering once the prices start to become comparable.
Sorry for the long winded response but being Scottish I do take spending money quite seriously