The famous Italian coachbuilder and designer Bertone might be on its deathbed. The company that penned the stunning shape of the Lamborghini Miura has been dealing with fiscal hardships for months, and Autocar is reporting that the Turin, Italy company has just declared bankruptcy.
The last we heard from Bertone, it was showing the Jet 2+2 station wagon based on an Aston Martin Rapide at the 2013 Geneva Motor Display. The Turin-based mostly carrozzeria grew to become well-known for its wild types like the BMW Spicup idea, Lancia Stratos and the first shape of the Lamborghini Countach. In latest years, it had been limited to making mostly a single-off cars.
The firm has gradually been shrinking just lately. It sold its small factory to Fiat a number of years go and let go of 165 staff and 10 interns in December. Bertone has been purchasing itself in hopes of discovering a new proprietor. According to PistonHeads, even with the income problems, the business produced twenty-million euros ($ 27.9 million) in income in 2013 and has been operating on tasks in China. A Turkish firm was rumored to be interested in acquiring it for just $ 2.6 million, and GT Spirit claims that there are also 6 Italian companies probably interested in getting it.
Bertone has a extended and proud automotive background, and it wouldn’;t be surprising if it have been purchased just for the worth of the brand – probably we have not observed the last of its stylized B brand.