Ground Beetle: 1971 Fiberfab Aztec 7

Most of the time, out of this world show cars end up as one offs that either find their way to a collection or the crusher.  However, some provide inspiration for a man in a shed to create a kit homage that uses the concept as an inspiration.  Find this 1971 Fiberfab Aztec 7 for sale in Van Nuys, CA for $13,000 via craigslist. Tip from Sean S.

The Alfa Romeo Carabo was a show car penned by Marchello Gandini when he was working at the House of Bertone, and was introduced at the 1968 Paris Auto Show.  It was based on the Alfa Romeo 33 Stradale and was powered by a detuned 2 liter V-8 from the racing Tipo 33.  A Santa Clara company, Fiberfab, used the wedge-y show car as a basis for its Aztek 7 repli-car.

Unlike the original, the Aztek 7 was based on the ubiquitous VW Beetle chassis and used the bug’s air-cooled flat 4.  By the way, the Carabo name of the concept was derived from Carabedae, which is a type of ground beetle.  So maybe the doors are more bug wing than gull wing…

Here’s the seller’s ad:

Very rare. One of about 250 still on the road, approximately 400 ever made. This Fiber Fab Aztec 7 tribute to the one in the world Alfa Romeo Bertone Carabo has been my baby since May of 2013. TLC has been lavished upon her by way of proper badging, front, back and sides, as well as shift knob and Luisi steering wheel. If it needed it, it was repaired or replaced. Featured in Kit Car Magazine January 1983, this is a lowered 1971 VW chassis with a BAE Ray Jay turbo charged 1600cc flat four motor the previous owner said he put $5,000 into. Registered in CA as a 1968 Alfa Romeo Carabo Replica with a coveted referee’s sequence of number certificate, (means NO smogging) Gull Wing doors, Lamborghini Miura windshield, battery shut off switch, air height adjustable rear shocks, MSD electronic ignition, single side draft Weber fully adjustable racing carburetor with tuning manual, manual choke, Western Turbine wheels, new tires, Italian Vitaloni racing mirrors, ceiling console toggle switches, new radio. Original assembly manual included. Not perfect but very impressive. Growls and turns heads. Great wow factor. The mileage is not accurate. Currently insured and driven. Title in hand and in my name. I am going to miss this car. 

Vehicle is a classic and in need of further restoration. Is being sold as is, and all sales are final.

Here’s a period photo of the real thing.

Photo:  Bertone

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Gianni is Daily Turismo’s Pacific Northwest correspondent.