Exotic automakers from Italy come and go, and some are missed more than others. But while names like Ferrari, Maserati and Lamborghini have remained constant throughout, others have risen and fallen. Bugatti was one such example – revived temporarily by Italian investors before Volkswagen stepped in to bring it back to Alsace – but another is De Tomaso.

Founded (not unlike Pagani) by an Argentine-Italian in Modena, but way back in 1959, De Tomaso produced legendary sports cars like the Vallelunga, Mangusta and of course the Pantera. It even owned Maserati and Moto Guzzi for a time, but it eventually petered off into bankruptcy. Along came a certain Gian Mario Rossignolo – a veteran auto exec in Italy – to scoop up what was left of the company in 2008.

The revival led to the debut of the Deauville concept at the 2011 Geneva Motor Show, but a lack of interest and funds led to the program being sold to a Chinese automaker which appears to have done little with it. Meanwhile it looked for a time that Rossignolo was planning to continue development of a new Pantera, but those plans have reportedly lost momentum as the outfit struggled without enough capital to even pay its workers.

The most astute readers may recall Rossignolo's name coming up in the news about a month ago as well, when his other business – Prototipo SpA – sold the Nardo Technical Centre to Porsche. Whether the proceeds from that sale end up giving Rossignolo enough to pay his staff and possibly turn the Pantera program around, however, or if they'll only prove sufficient to repay his debts, remains to be seen.


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      turbomonkey2k
      • 2 Years Ago
      Bugatti is French.
      Making11s
      • 2 Years Ago
      What did they think would happen? "Let's revive a nameplate famous for sports cars by showing off a new CUV."
      axebmw
      • 2 Years Ago
      Bugatti is French
        maxdamage
        • 2 Years Ago
        @axebmw
        Ettore Bugatti was italian, his first cars were made in italy, designed and builded by himself.He established the company in Molsheim(thats why is classifed french) , i know that most of the employees were italians.In 1987 the company moved back to italy.In 1995 bankrupted and in 1998 was acquired by vw.
          • 2 Years Ago
          @maxdamage
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        Gio
        • 2 Years Ago
        @axebmw
        Ettore Bugatti was Italian (from Milan). Bugatti was Italian up to 1995.
        ThomasP
        • 2 Years Ago
        @axebmw
        psh! Details!
      IBx27
      • 2 Years Ago
      That's what you get when you decide to let the chinese produce your incredibly bland 4-door. Nobody's interested, and nobody will want it.
      Jonathan
      • 2 Years Ago
      This is looking bad for Pantera ! They need capital and that seems like an impossibility right now . The new car would have been great especially since it would have had the LSA V8 from the CTS-V . They had the drivetrains and suspension from Cadillac already planned so how much more did they really have to do to finish the Pantera's development ?