Amidst a sea of financial troubles, and despite 20 million euros in revenue last year, one of the most storied design houses in the automotive world is dissolving. In 1966, Marcello Gandini lead the shell design of what is arguably the first contemporary supercar, the Lamborghini Miura; sold for approximately $115,000 in today’s money, it featured a 3.9 liter transverse mounted V12. The internals may have come from Lamborghini, but Gandini was employed by Bertone. The Italian coachbuilder later became known for the Lancia Stratos, and more current designs such as the Nuccio pictured above, which was named after Giuseppe Bertone’s son.
In addition to laying off 165 employees and 10 interns, the Italian company has multiple lawsuits against the them and was unable to make income meet expenses. Attempts to keep the company afloat include the ill-fated creation of a subdivision which built one off cars (this failed), and recent concept cars to woo investors at Geneva, but a Turkish company seems to be interested in purchasing the company for $2.7 million. 7 other Italian firms have expressed interest as well.
-By: Sawyer Sutton