The Italdesign Aztec was one of the more outlandish concept cars of the 1980s, a surprise to even see one made for the show circuit, totally mind-blowing when a Japanese industrialist commissioned a run of road-legal versions at half a million a pop. You’d be forgiven for not knowing about the 1988 Italdesign Aztec, as it was the rarest of the rare, combining rally tech with coachbuilt style. You get a tuned Audi inline five behind you and your passenger mated to a Lancia Delta Integrale drivetrain. Also pop-ups and external gauges. Every so often one goes up for sale for about what it would have cost new and the whole internet freaks out that something so strange could go for so much. In 2014, one went up for sale in Japan asking $750,000 on eBay. Bonhams expected $290,000-$400,000 for one at Paris back in 2009, and gave a good rundown on why the car seems to exist mostly in the shadows: Post-Turin the rights were bought by a Japanese industrialist, Mario Myakawa, who … [Read more...] about How To Win a Car Show: Roll Up in a Road-Legal Concept Car
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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. 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. 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 … [Read more...] about This Bizarre Audi Concept Car Is For Sale At $750,000
A lot of effort goes into producing a concept car. So exactly how much does it cost to build one? See more pictures of exotic cars. Mark Evans/the Agency Collection/Getty Images The reason that cars we drive are so inexpensive -- well, if you can call anything that costs well into the five-figure range inexpensive -- is that so many of them get made. When tens of thousands of identical models come rolling off the assembly line, economies of scale kick in. The cost of designing the car and designing a production process that can be used to manufacture it gets deferred over the large number of vehicles that end up in car dealers' lots. But what about concept cars? These are brand new vehicles, or mock-ups of new vehicles, that incorporate revolutionary new ideas in technology and design. Concept cars are usually developed from scratch, and only one or two copies may ever be made. In most instances they never even reach the showrooms. A lot of effort goes into producing a concept … [Read more...] about How much does it cost to build a concept car?
Cadillac unveiled its Escala Concept car in August 2016 in Pebble Beach, California to rave reviews from fans. Cadillac In August 2016, Cadillac unveiled its luxury concept vehicle the Escala in Pebble Beach, California. The car was then featured in Cadillac commercials during the February 2017 Oscars. The commercials were so successful, people actually went to Cadillac dealerships to buy the Escala, only to discover that it was not for sale. But why not? Because at the time the Escala was only a concept car, one in broad terms, that is designed to showcase a new vision or direction for a brand. And the truth is, few concept cars ever achieve as high of a profile as the Escala received. Typically once a concept car makes the circuit of the year's auto shows, they tend to wither into obscurity. However, some do get a second lease on life and end up in the hands of private collectors who specifically seek out concept cars and other one-of-a-kind vehicles. But the Cadillac Escala is … [Read more...] about Buying a Concept Car Is Harder Than It Seems
The Latest Toyota Is Made of Wood WSJnews With all the new developments in carbon fiber technology and self-driving computers on wheels, the last innovation you might expect is for a brand-new Toyota to be made of wood. But that's exactly what makes up the new Toyota Setsuna, a concept car introduced at Milan Design Week, the world's largest design event. The Setsuna roadster was created with Japanese cedar and birch wood, and assembled with a traditional wood joinery technique called okurari which uses no nails or screws. Check out the video above to see how every piece of the electric car fits together like a puzzle. Will the Setsuna ever make it to the streets? That's doubtful. After all, that's not really the point of a concept car, which more often than not is used to raise ideas or illustrate potential. In this case, Toyota wants to highlight the idea of car as heirloom, able to last for multiple decades, and the fact that it's the way people specifically use a car that … [Read more...] about Toyota’s Newest Electric Concept Car Is Made of Wood