Have the Doors Shut for Good at Bertone?

Sadly, there doesn't appear to be any interested buyers.

One of the world’s greatest automotive design studios may have just hit the end of the road. The Italian design firm that once employed a young Marcello Gandini, the guy who penned the Lamborghini Miura and Countach, along with a host of other iconic cars, has supposedly filed for bankruptcy. We reported on this story back in December, and even then things weren’t looking good. Supposedly, a Turkish company was interested in buying Bertone, but it appears that deal has fallen through.

Specific details or an official announcement aren’t available just yet, but it’s not looking good. Bertone has been struggling financially for quite some time now, and it has supposedly given the pink slip to some 160 employees. The remaining employees, as rumor has it, haven’t been paid for six months. We’ll have more details once they’re made available, but this is really some very sad news. Bertone is also the studio behind the Lancia Stratos and Alfa Romeo Giulia GT, to name just a couple more greats. Last year at Geneva, it showed off a pair of coachbuild Aston Martin Rapides, the Jet 2+2 and the refreshed Jet 2. Apparently they were too little, too late.

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