• Dec 21, 2012
Where do concepts go when their auto show circuit life is over? For many, it's off to the scrap heap, while others manage to find their way into various automotive museums and private collections. Yet it is a select few that enjoy the honor of actually being driven on open roads. What you see here is the latter.

In 1988, design house Italdesign brought its wildly futuristic Aztec Barchetta concept to the Turin Motor Show. Visually, there were a lot of things going on here with the design, including spacecraft-styled rear quarter panels, see-through doors and a bold dual cockpit design. The body was constructed out of aluminum, Kevlar and carbon fiber. Additionally, the coupe features an intercom so the driver and passenger can hold conversations at speed.

While the styling is fit for an auto show floor, the mechanicals are borrowed from some of Europe's rallying greats, including the 250-horsepower five-cylinder of the Audi Quattro and a transmission borrowed from the Lancia Integrale's parts bin.

Yet you'll deduce from the 1992 model year on our headline that this isn't the same car that premiered in Turin in 1988. That's right, this is a street-legal production car. As the story goes, Myakawa, a Japanese industrial corporation, bought the rights to the concept and had German-based Audi tuner, Motoren-Tecknik-Mayer (better known as MTM) produce the Aztec Barchetta in very limited numbers. The first one built performed exhibition laps at the 1992 Monaco Grand Prix, and the originals sold for hundreds of thousands when new.

Very few were made (estimates vary wildly, from 15 to 50), with this model being assembled in EU spec. The seller, Specialized Vehicle Solutions, Ltd. of Manchester, England, is offering this silver example with just 75 miles on the odometer, though the listing doesn't disclose how much it's asking to digital tire-kickers.


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      Andre Neves
      • 2 Years Ago
      OMG I need this car. Not being able to hear the wife dictate me while I drive and give me directions would be awesome.
      The Wasp
      • 2 Years Ago
      The design sure is pretty questionable but I really like that some company went out, bought the concept and made it happen. There are a lot of other concept cars that I wish made it to street-legal status, even in limited numbers.
      rü$╫
      • 2 Years Ago
      A Klingon Fiero!
      Camaroman101
      • 2 Years Ago
      i had a folder in grade school of this.
      Ae Neuman
      • 2 Years Ago
      this car featured in roger corman's 1990 film frankenstein unbound. nice car, great film.
      Dmitriy Markelov
      • 2 Years Ago
      I think it looks awful. It's a mess from just about every angle and although it may have been inspiring/shocking/futuristic in 1992 it certainly only looks shocking today.
      wfmsu7
      • 2 Years Ago
      This thing is awesome! Reminds me of one of the cars in the original Need For Speed games for PC back in the 90's
      ICantDrive88
      • 2 Years Ago
      Of all the times I wish I were a millionaire! I used to have a folder for school with this on it and always been fascinated by it's design! It's so different and interesting.
      KAG
      • 2 Years Ago
      Wild, I thought they were just built as concept cars for Audi.
      space
      • 2 Years Ago
      want so bad...
      Blackie
      • 2 Years Ago
      It certainly deserves the name Aztec.
      Jeremy Pennini
      • 2 Years Ago
      It's bizarre, radical, and outrageous. Someone make a body kit for a Corvette C5 that looks like this.
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