Another boutique maker of compact sports coupes has filed for bankruptcy in Germany. Melkus was a company we always enjoyed seeing at European auto shows. You never knew where the company would be – all of a sudden you'd notice a sleek, lissome coupe with open gullwing doors and you'd go, "Ah, there you are." That won't be happening anymore unless a white knight shows up: Melkus has reportedly filed for bankruptcy in a Dresden court, citing a lack of sales for its dire cash position.

Six year ago, Sepp Melkus, the grandson of the man who built the original Melkus sports cars from 1969 to 1980, restarted the company. The planned run was 25 examples a year at €115,000 ($143,000 U.S.), which would get customers either 270 horsepower from a Toyota 1.8-liter turbocharged four or up to 325 hp from a Volkswagen 2.0-liter turbo (enough to dash from zero to 62 mph in 4.5 seconds). Turns out that tweaking a Lotus Elise, which the Melkus RS2000 is based on, and charging six figures in today's economy wasn't the way to go. The company isn't completely giving up yet, but it joins Artega in the search for a Mr. or Ms. Big to replenish the coffers and keep the lights from going out for good.


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      Vincent Lynch
      • 2 Years Ago
      I have literally never heard of this company.
        Lachmund
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Vincent Lynch
        guess you haven't heard of the GDR as well, right?!
          Jonathan Ippolito
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Lachmund
          Um don't you mean GTR and what does that have to do with this car ? The GTR is a Nissan !
          Vincent Lynch
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Lachmund
          Im assuming he meant the German Democratic Republic. I have. And I read this blog and other car blogs daily, and follow racing moderately, and I have never seen a story or picture of this car or company before or anyone mention it. Maybe they just needed a PR guy
        avconsumer2
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Vincent Lynch
        ditto - too bad, hot little car, seems quite a bit pricey though.
      montegod7ss
      • 2 Years Ago
      I don't understand these Lotus based car companies and their pricing. I can go get a used Lotus of my own and have it shipped to any Lotus tuner of my choice for much much cheaper, or go crazy and do the work myself. Used Exige, racing brakes, supercharger, nice wheel/tire package and you're off to the races.
      Jonathan Ippolito
      • 2 Years Ago
      Another company making another lackluster overpriced rebody . Wow this company going broke is no suprise and no big loss .
      Spartan
      • 2 Years Ago
      Automotive snake oil salesmen. I can tune my own Lotus for a lot cheaper than $143k
      Cesar Malabrigo M.
      • 2 Years Ago
      not a surprise
      sparrk
      • 2 Years Ago
      the price is too damn high !
      Keldon
      • 2 Years Ago
      Melkus schmelkus.
      Drakkon
      • 2 Years Ago
      Beautiful car. It has 'hot wheels' proportions that I really love. However, how many company can rebody a Lotus and charge multiples of the original price?