Once asked by Adam Carolla what this blogger's two favorite cars were, I replied the Lamborghini Murcielago and the Gumpert Apollo. Proving that this August is the cruelest month as far as niche German carmakers are concerned, the latter company, Gumpert, just filed paperwork to begin provisional insolvency proceedings in Altenburg, Germany. This month has seen fellow Teutons Artega and Melkus file for bankruptcy.

The ten-year-old company had apparently been trying to break into the Chinese market and the move didn't pan out. It's not over for Gumpert – an administrator has been appointed, and we're told he sees the chance of recovery as extremely positive, so now the makers of the Apollo will return their attentions to the European market while they seek new investors. There's a press release below with more details.
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Super sports car manufacturer in provisional insolvency

Altenburg (Germany)-based manufacturer for super sports cars, Gumpert Sportwagenmanufaktur GmbH, had applied for insolvency proceedings, after expected sales volumes in the major target market China couldn't be realized. Local court in Gera (Germany) appointed lawyer Mr. Görge Scheid as provisional insolvency administrator. After a first factory inspection and talks with all 30 employees, Mr. Scheid considers the business' chances of recovery as extremely beneficial.

"The super sports car "apollo", developed by Gumpert is technically mature and holds superior
performance figures compared to all other cars. Now it's essential to reactivate the European market, which has been neglected over the past years."

First discussions with potential investors take place this week.

The highly-experienced Audi-Manager Roland Gumpert, who has set up his own business ten years ago and founded Gumpert Sportwagenmanufaktur on January 8 2004, has created with the apollo's
development and production a worldwide street-homologated sports car, which has been unbeaten by its competitors on the Nürburgring for more than three years now.

"The Apollo has gained an exclusive fan base throughout Germany and Europe. Now we have taken care of this customer base intensely. Production continues and we hope to sell the first vehicle within this week."