This Giugiaro-designed sedan is ultra-rare.
Before Hyundai Motor Group embarked on its luxury quest, which began with the Hyundai Genesis in 2008 and later morphed into the Genesis brand (with the Hyundai Genesis becoming the Genesis G80), it dabbled in some luxury/premium vehicles that found success in some overseas markets. One of them was the Hyundai Stellar.
Launched in 1983, the Stellar was meant to serve as a replacement for the Ford Cortina that Hyundai had been manufacturing under license. Although it was designed by the legendary Giorgetto Giugiaro, the Stellar still retained the Cortina's chassis. Meanwhile, all three of its available engines, ranging from 1.4- to 2.0-liter inline-fours, were sourced from Mitsubishi.
The Stellar was certainly an interesting proposition, but it did its job in finding customers. In the UK, for example, the Stellar was an especially attractive choice thanks to its affordable price and an aggressive marketing campaign.
Another factor working in its favor was that the Cortina's successor, the Sierra, had far more radical styling which turned off many traditional buyers. The Stellar's more conventional design and Cortina bones, combined with that heavy advertising, was ideally suited to those customers. The Stellar also had the distinction of being the second-ever Hyundai to be imported to Europe. It was never sold in the US but was in Canada beginning in 1984 until 1987.
It goes without saying a majority of people have never heard of it, but there's now one on sale on Cars and Bids. This 1986 Hyundai Stellar Executive was originally sold in Canada and can now be imported to the US because it's 35 years old. Amazingly, it only has 57,300 miles on its clock.
The Carfax report indicates no accidents and no modifications have been done. Power comes from the mid-range 1.6-liter inline-four rated at 74 horsepower and 88 lb-ft of torque. Power goes to the rear wheels through a three-speed automatic transmission. Other features include 13-inch wheels, a trunk-mounted luggage rack, fog lights, power mirrors and windows, and a sunroof.
The interior boasts velour upholstery, a cassette player, and a four-spoke steering wheel. Given its age, there's plenty of wear and tear inside and out, but nothing outright terrible. The sale also includes two sets of keys, owner's manual, 1986 sales brochure, and some parts. The highest bid, as of this writing, is only $1,750 but the auction lasts until Monday, January, 25 with proceeds of the sale going to charity.