The previously reported (potential) demise of Italian coachbuilder Bertone has been confirmed, and the company has entered bankruptcy proceedings. The court has until the end of April to decide whether to shutter the business, which was founded in 1912, or find a buyer.

The coachbuilder behind the angular shape of the Lancia Stratos has been struggling for a while. The company was teetering on the brink of bankruptcy in December and was even under the control of a court-appointed administrator. The company employs about 200 people, but most of them have been laid off for the last month and a half.

"The court is evaluating proposals from foreign companies interested in buying Bertone," a spokesperson said to UK newspaper The Telegraph, confirming that one of them is from Turkey. This fits with a previous report of a Turkish company interested in buying Bertone for $2.7 million. However, several, unnamed Italian companies had also reportedly expressed interest.

The carrozzeria penned some beautiful shapes in its day, including the Lamborghini Miura and Countach, Alfa Romeo Montreal and Nuccio concept (pictured above). Hopefully, a buyer will bring the name back like what we've seen from Touring.


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      Cool Disco Dan
      • 9 Months Ago
      Wish I still had my 85 Bertone X/19.
        Slackjaw McGraw
        • 9 Months Ago
        @Cool Disco Dan
        Thought Fiat was the only one who made them, neat! I've always liked them and forget about them when it comes to mid engine car choices for some reason....
          Brent Jatko
          • 9 Months Ago
          @Slackjaw McGraw
          Fiat made the X1/9 (styled by Bertone) and the 124 Spyder (styled by Pininfarina) originally, but they were called Bertone X1/9 and Pininfarina Spider after Fiat abandoned the US market.
      Travis C. Vasconcelo
      • 9 Months Ago
      What a sad situation, Bertone is a wonderful design house and have made several groundbreaking designs over the years. It is horrible that they are going down this way. I hope Lincoln, Mitsubishi, Acura, or Toyota find a need for them, Lord knows they need major help and this could be the marriage made in heaven for any of them. Perhaps it could be the marriage that saves one of them!
      joe shmoe
      • 9 Months Ago
      with cars that ugly, good riddance
      sinistro79
      • 9 Months Ago
      It's completely not surprising that Bertone is going bankrupt. The level of appreciation that the average consumer has toward design has waned over the last few decades and the "bottom line" has kept most automotive companies from investing in anything that might be considered outside the norm of traditional and conservative designs. Hell, Alfa Romeo barely pushed the envelope by making JUST THE HEADLIGHTS on their 4C Coupe outside of the traditional norm and every auto critic in the industry seemed to either mock it or act completely offended by it. Yeah, Bertone, it might be time to close up shop. Nobody understands you here unless you can give us something common and boring...two things that you were never good at doing. R.I.P.
      • 9 Months Ago
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      Level4
      • 9 Months Ago
      glorified kit car maker
      Cruising
      • 9 Months Ago
      Mitsubishi group should buy them or Acura or Lincoln. So many companies could use their talents. I know these are not the iconic European luxury brands but they need help.
        Scott Coffin
        • 9 Months Ago
        @Cruising
        Ford should by the company and have them immediately fix all of the ugly Lincolns
        Willy
        • 9 Months Ago
        @Cruising
        Exactly! Styling of cars has gotten hideous on the last few years. I'll handsome, beautiful Italian designs on random everyday commuter cars
      lrx301
      • 9 Months Ago
      To make a thing like this is hard to be afloat.
      tinsulpop
      • 9 Months Ago
      Looks like the market doing its thing. Sometimes companies getting whacked is a good thing. In this case, I think it's fitting.
      tbird57w
      • 9 Months Ago
      i'm shocked! yeah right.
      joe shmoe
      • 9 Months Ago
      with cars that ugly, good riddance
      LiquidPhilly
      • 9 Months Ago
      I think their designs are unique... but they always RUIN them with these BORING positive offset wheels.
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