Giorgetto Giugiaro is an absolute legend when it comes to the world of automotive design. He is responsible for timeless designs such as the DeTomaso Mangusta, DeLorean, Fiat Dino coupe, and Afla Romeo 2600. In addition, he is responsible for some of the most popular cars such as the Mk1 Volkswagen Golf, and the Lancia Megagamma, which many consider to be the birth of the MPV/Minivan trend.
Along with the many designs he created for manufacturers, his design firm made their own cars. Italdesign Giugiaro, founded in 1968 by Giugiaro and Aldo Mantovini, debuted the Italdesign Aztec at the 1988 Turin Motorshow, with a plan to produce 50 of their radical new automobiles for the European and Japanese markets. That number fell short to around 20-25 made, making these cars extremely rare.
All Aztecs were powered by an inline 5-cylinder that was sourced from Audi, and although the 250 horsepower badge is prominent on the engine, it was only rated to make about 197 horsepower. Many Aztecs received some boosts in order to make closer to that number. Power was sent to the Lancia-sourced all wheel drive system through a five-speed manual transaxle.
The Aztec's design is definitely an interesting one. The separated cock pits have little bubbles in the top, which are removable, so you can enjoy the wind in your hair. The cockpit bubbles are hinged at the center of the car to make them fold up, similar to gullwing doors. The actual doors are hinged at the front, like normal doors. The headlights are pop-ups that looks quite cartoonish.
Moving to the rear, where the engine is located, the carbon fiber wing is a prominent feature. The rear wheel wells are hidden by body lines, except for the very end of them. Rear taillights are connected, much like the styling seen on many modern cars. Overall, the car looks like something that could just take off and fly to space.
This particular example has been a part of many automotive collections, including the Shanghai Automotive Museum from 2011 to 2015. It was subsequently imported to the United States to be a part of the Blackhawk Collection. Sometime between then and now, the current owning dealer acquired it from someone else who purchased it during that time period.
The odometers shows only 400 kilometers, or about 250 miles. Importation documents are included with the sale. The car is silver exterior paint over the gray interior. The car is in New Jersey of all places.
With the rarity of this car, when they do pop up for sale, sellers are expecting big money. To be a bit more precise, a few hundred thousand dollars. Current bid is at $20,000 with 12 days left.