The Cars That Money Can’t Buy – Italdesign Aztec

Sun 20th May 2018

Sometimes your wallet won’t stretch to purchasing your dream motor. But don’t worry too much, there are some cars that even the biggest bank balances can’t buy, the dream cars that will forever remain a dream. These are the concept cars that never get made.

Italdesign Aztec
With two cockpits, which separated the driver and passenger and only allowed them to communicate by intercom, the Aztec certainly ticks plenty of concept car boxes.

The designer, Giorgetto Giugiaro, is also famed for his work on the Lotus Esprit and Maserati’s Boomerang, but it is the Aztec which is perhaps the most eye-catching of designs.

The Aztec had a speedster style body design, which wasn’t too unconventional, and the gull-wing doors were seen on a number of cars design in the 1980s.

But it was the unique seating arrangements which shocked the critics when it was introduced at the Turin Motor Show in 1988. The futuristic style was matched by the technology, which included control panels within the aluminium body at either side. By entering codes into these panels the owner could get access to information about the car’s performance status as well as opening a range of functions including a toolkit should the car ever need accessories such as removable screwdriver - all of which could be accessed via a voice message.

The revolutionary interior came with a leather wrap and separate instrument clusters for both the driver and the passenger. The passenger actually had their own steering wheel, which displayed vital information about the car such as damper controls, engine timing and also the essential communication controls.

The Aztec concept also included one of the earliest known satellite navigation systems, which was placed in the heart of the dashboard. Though the car was sleek, sharp and stylish, like most concept cars, it also had some conventional features, including more than adequate luggage space in the back, which was topped off with a carbon fibre rear wing. With the passengers exposed to the elements there were also roll-bars for safety incorporated.

Though the Aztec was never intended to be built, a Japanese millionaire did fall in love with the design and ordered 50 to be made. They managed to build 50 before halting production.

The Aztec’s fame did not end there, it can also be see in the movies, with Roger Corman’s Frankenstein Unbound featuring the classic car.

You won’t find any concept cars at But the concept of ordering your car online and getting it delivered to your door is certainly revolutionising the market!