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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.

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Between the Fiat 500 and the Alfa MiTo (to say nothing of the Lancia Ypsilon), Italy's got plenty of Mini rivals on the road. But it could gain another, if emerging reports prove accurate in the long run.

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Bertone Mantide - Click above for a high-res image gallery

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Only days before heading to bankruptcy court, Italian engineering firm and carrozzeria Bertone revealed that it was about to pull a last-minute trick out of its sleeve in an announcement later that day. But when the announcement didn't come, the industry was left wondering if, after 95 years in business, Bertone was about to slip away.

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