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This Bizarre Audi Concept Car Is For Sale At $750,000

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Want to own one of the strangest car designs of the past three decades? Meet the Italdesign Aztec: it's possibly the strangest Audi ever made and it's yours for three quarters of a million bucks.

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It's hard to know where to start with the '88 Aztec. You could point to the five-cylinder Audi engine mounted in the middle of the car and driving a Lancia all-wheel drive system. You could note the dummy second steering wheel for the passenger that does not actually steer the car. You could look at the styling, which Italdesign itself calls "sculpted" and others might call "challenging."

The standout for me is the control panel mounted to the outside of the car.

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Plug in different codes (printed right on the body) and you can access and analyze different systems on the car.

There is, as far as my feeble mind can tell, no good reason whatsoever for this kind of external access area. But then I am not a genius, and this car's designer was. The great Giorgetto Giugiaro penned the Aztec and it's still as brain-blowing as ever.

Petrolicious has a more in-depth discussion of this machine right here, and I encourage you to check it out. They seem to have made some sense of the second steering wheel that I still can't manage.

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According to two Jalopnik readers, an Aztec like this (production numbers are unknown, but they probably barely break into the double digits) has been sitting pretty at a Las Vegas museum/showroom for some time now.

And you can go buy this very Aztec, however, can be found on eBay right here. The seller claims it's the very first one ever made and once fetched a price of $2 million.

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Bidding is at $500,000 and buy-it-now is at $750k.

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themanwithsauce
themanwithsauce - has as many vehicles as job titles

And now everyone just had a flashback to elementary school when we all had folders with this car plastered on it and it was cool because it was all spaceship-y internet http 90s! Yeah! AOL Keywords and street sharks! Ecto cooler in your lunch box and backstreet boys on the radio! And a 1988 concept car on your big folder designated for english homework in 1998. Why? Because 90s.

Seriously, zero reason that this was still used for the "car" folders in the 90s when we already had the viper and C5 and everything else but somehow it was one of those "stock images" almost.