Death of an Aztec 7?
So I received this email and I thought it would give an answer everywhere, because odd damage can make a kitcar purchase dramatically more expensive than ever expected.
Your site is one of the very few I've been able to find dealing with the Aztec 7 Kit Car... so I'm hoping you can help me out. I just purchased a 1979 Aztec 7 that has been sitting since 1982. It is currently under a fading red oxide primer, has no engine, most of the electrical system has been removed, and it needs a fair amount of work.The engine is no problem - any VW 1600cc will work great in it. The electrical is no issue, either, as I can do that myself with no problems. The body work that the car needs is fairly minimal, mostly due to the fiberglass construction.
What is a problem is the windshield. At some point during it's 24 years of sitting, someone vandalized the car, breaking the driver's glass, rear glass, and the front windshield. I have a good passenger glass, so I can have a glass company make a replacement for the driver's side by using the passenger side as a template. The back glass is simple flat glass, and should be easy enough to reproduce. The front, however, is a different story.
I know that many of the kit cars use existing car windshields in them, but because I can't find any real information on the car on the internet, I'm having problems trying to locate what kind of windshield it uses. Since your website features several Aztec 7s on it, I was hoping that you would have that information. Anything you can help me with at this point would be greatly appreciated! Thanks for your time!
First of all, let me show you a picture of my Aztec 7 when I was basically done building it. It was a dark pearl green, had a beautiful custom interior, a custom luggage case (it was a daily driver), and had been modified extensively to look more like it’s inspiration, the Carabo (including Bertone logos).
Unfortunately, some of the work had not been done well enough. While at first glance, it appeared to be one of the nicest Aztec 7s of all time, not long long after getting it back, the door hinges broke, the interior turned out to be poorly put together, and for some reason I had some stupid idea that required taking out the windshield. I took it upon myself take to it out myself. I cracked it, and then made the problem worse by trying to solve it on my own without the right tools. I had the window professionally removed (easy and cheap), but the damage was done and the windshield would have to be replaced.
Problem is, the windshield is from a farking Lamborghini Muira!!! Sure, when FiberFab was in business (they sold between 400 and 2,000, depending on who you believe), you could buy their clone for almost nothing… but to the best of my knowledge it is not available as a copy any more, so you have to buy it direct from Lamborghini parts suppliers — the price at the time was something like $4500 and only a few were available in the world. So here’s what I was left with:
I mean, still a fundamentally good looking car, but damaged to the point where fixing it was more expensive that buying a new one! And to be honest, at that point I was sick of it. I put it on eBay and got a fraction of what I’d invested — a tiny, tiny fraction! That said, what I proposed the new owner do to avoid the windshield problem was pretty cool:
Sort of a split between the Carabo and the Aerovette and Astrovette series? Sadly, I don’t think the buyer went through with it… It’s too bad though, I think it would have been cool, and would have been a really unique and stunning vehicle.