UPDATE: ATS appears to be going through a management dispute between its two owners - one party supporting the course of action described below and the other working to stop it and keep ATS in Italy. We'll be watching to see how it develops.
Never heard of ATS? Nope, we're not talking about the Cadillac sports sedan. We're talking about Automobili Turismo e Sport, an Italian automaker formed by a group of renegade Ferrari staffers in the mid-'60s. ATS was only on the map for a couple of years, producing models like the 2500 GT and competing in a handful of grands prix. But ATS (not unlike Mini and Bugatti) was revived a couple of years ago, hitting the scene with the ATS Sport with a number of other projects (not the least of them b
Think of Italian sports car brands and many names come to mind. ATS might not be first among them, but maybe it should. Founded in 1963 by a group of former Ferrari employees fed up with old man Enzo's infamous intransigence, Automobili Turismo e Sport was originally a flash in the pan, disappearing almost as quickly as it appeared on the scene in the first place. But 50 years later the name was revived with a number of sports car designs. The ATS Sport 1000 was among the first, and now it's bee
Italy has had more than its fair share of old auto marques revived in recent years. Fiat brought back the Abarth marque not long ago, Bugatti restarted in Modena before returning across the border to Molsheim, Carrozzeria Touring got back into the business after decades lying dormant, Zagato revived the Diatto name for a small run of sportscars, and the students at the IED in Turin plucked the Cisitalia name out of the dustbin of history for a concept car last year. But two of the most recent It
American auto enthusiasts may associate the letters ATS with Cadillac's smallest sedan, but Europeans will know it as Automobili Turismo e Sport. The marque was founded in 1963 by former Ferrari employees who'd had enough of old man Enzo's notoriously difficult manner, built a road car and an F1 challenger (signing Phil Hill to drive it), and then quickly disappeared again. Last year a consortium gathered to revive the marque, unveiling the ATS Sport 1000 track car a few months ago, and now they