• May 8, 2011
Before Pontiac unleashed the vile Aztek on the world, there was another, weirder car that bore the name. In 1988, Italdesign introduced the Aztec, a two-seat roadster that made extremely limited production and carried a $750,000 price tag when new.

Sporting a twin-pod cockpit-style interior and slab-sided, angular design, this thing looks ready for intergalactic travel. Despite looking like it should be parked outside the Mos Eisley cantina, it sports a relatively pedestrian Audi turbo five-cylinder powerplant. The car's 220 horses meet the road via a Lancia Delta Integrale-derived four-wheel-drive system.

The Aztec was built as Italdesign's 20th anniversary present to itself, and broke cover at the 1988 Turin Auto Show. Depending on who you ask, Italdesign built either 18 or 50 of the cars. Either way, you don't see these things very often. The seller is mum on the car's price tag, but thanks to its rarity, blue-chip nameplate, and stratospheric original MSRP, its a cinch this thing will break six figures.


I'm reporting this comment as:

Reported comments and users are reviewed by Autoblog staff 24 hours a day, seven days a week to determine whether they violate Community Guideline. Accounts are penalized for Community Guidelines violations and serious or repeated violations can lead to account termination.


    • 1 Second Ago
  • 30 Comments
      AndrewIsBack
      • 3 Years Ago
      wow. an exterior manometer to show boost
      Sue Esponte
      • 3 Years Ago
      That front bumper reminds me a lot of an '88 Fiero GT or maybe it is the '90s era Lotus Elan. The back end looks like a Star Wars prop.
      G Viktor Marshall
      • 3 Years Ago
      Man, what a blast from the past. I got a book of concept cars (that has the New Beetle in it, for one) when I was 3-4, I'm 16 now and I remember this from the book. It was cool because the top could lift off and you could put other tops on it. One that made it one continuous cockpit and one that essentially was the above with roofs.
        A_Guy
        • 3 Years Ago
        @G Viktor Marshall
        Hehe, funny you say blast from the past even though you weren't even born when this thing came out! Not that I have much room to talk, I was only about 6 in 1988. :P I too remember this from a concept car book though. It's the only place I've ever seen it actually. Despite all the hate on here, I actually love these futurist 80s designs. Not a big fan of the dual cockpits, but I have a soft spot for industrial futuristic designs from the 80s since visuals from movies like Blade Runner have forever been imprinted on my memory.
      Drakkon
      • 3 Years Ago
      I think they got their facts wrong. It is an audi 5-cyl power train, but it sit transverse behind the driver. They use a run of the mill front wheel drive transmission and use that trannys diff (which normally deliver power left amd right) as the CENTER diff sending power front and back. The sounds like chaos until you realize how far forward the diff is on a normal audi setup. I guess this means the engine is behind the driver and the trans is behind the pasenger. I wonder how that affects the corner weight, or what Italdesign did to offset it.
      tritonstrategies
      • 3 Years Ago
      I like the 1977 version better [img]http://www.searchamateur.com/pictures/star-wars-landspeeder-hovercraft-250.jpg[/img]
      JayP
      • 3 Years Ago
      In 1988, no one else was using Audi powerplants... for an Audi fan in the 80's, this was a dream car. Everything is relative.
        Bimmer
        • 3 Years Ago
        @JayP
        the only relative to this thing is a couple of toothless dudes in the ozarks.
      level4
      • 3 Years Ago
      Why are the two ugliest cars in the world both called the Aztec?
      toyslacker
      • 3 Years Ago
      I can't believe they charged $750K for this LEGO set!
      briang19
      • 3 Years Ago
      I guess the rule is: never name your vehicle 'Aztec' since that name seems to summon up some South American god that will beat you with the ugly stick.
      longducdong
      • 3 Years Ago
      Makes the Pontiac, with the same namesake, look absolutely beautiful. What a piece o' crap.
      • 3 Years Ago
      [blocked]
      • 3 Years Ago
      [blocked]
    • Load More Comments