1988 Italdesign Aztec Concept Looks Straight Out of the Future
Concept cars usually don't go beyond being concepts which is what makes them so freakishly cool. They don't follow the rules and are often not expected to every make it onto a public road. This 1988 Italdesign Aztec might be a concept, but this one actually saw production and was recently for sale. The Aztec was designed by Giorgetto Giugiaro and made its debut at the Torino Motor Show in 1989. The concept went into production with 50 units planned, but no one seems to know exactly how many actually saw production. According to Petrolicious, there were at least 18 of these connected cars of the '80s that eventually ended up in someone's garage. RELATED: See More Photos of the Incredible 1988 Italdesign Aztec Concept
It looks more like something from a sci-fi movie set than an actual car, starting with the dual steering wheels. Nope, you're not in some future version of driver's ed. You're instead looking at a car with a dummy steering wheel on the passenger side. It actually serves as a console control for the vehicle.
There's also an exterior control panel with a series of buttons that will give different info about the car depending on how they're keyed. It's apparently so complex it required a little cheat sheet printed up right there next to the buttons for reference.
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As for powertrain, the Aztec came with a 5-cylinder Audi engine mounted in the middle of the car and a Lancia all-wheel drive system. All this could have been yours through a recent eBay auction with a reserve of $750,000, but the auction was ended without a buyer. Maybe you'll get lucky and he'll give it another try.
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