The saga of Wiesmann dates back to the late 1980s when a pair of German brothers set out to make retro sports cars. The first model was built in 1993 and a steady stream of new coupes and convertibles powered by a variety of BMW engines trickled out of the factory ever since until the company ran into trouble a little over a year ago. Since then Wiesmann has meandered in and out of bankruptcy, but now the founding siblings are reportedly on the verge of securing new funding to get their company
Founded in 1988 with its first production car completed in 1993, Wiesmann based its entire business around one design. Fortunately since that design was more retro than a Mini Cooper, it aged well, but that didn't mean it wasn't outdated when the company recently folded. The latest reports coming in from Europe, however, indicate that – before it went belly up – Wiesmann was working on a new model.
Though its designs may look like Wiesmann is trying to make time stand still, the massively powerful BMW engines that power its creations say otherwise. As does its slaloming in and out of solvency over the past year or so.
After German boutique sports car manufacturer Wiesmann filed for bankruptcy in August last year, we thought order had been returned to the world when the company announced in November that it had applied to dismiss the insolvency proceedings. Little was known about the entry into and the request to dismiss bankruptcy, but it was assumed that Wiesmann had got its financials sorted out before a creditor meeting was to take place in December.
There's been a raft of bankruptcies declared among niche European automakers recently. In the past year, the Cosworth, Gumpert, Artega, Lola and the London Taxi Company have all gone the way of the dodo. But the one we were most gutted by was Wiesmann.
German sports car manufacturer Wiesmann has reportedly filed for bankruptcy. The filing, which was made to a German district court in Münster, didn't specify any of the financial details that led Martin and Friedhelm Wiesmann to this point. The small-scale manufacturer's collapse isn't a massive surprise, as it's product lineup hasn't changed a great deal over the years. Still, the funky coupes and roadsters have always been admired from afar by the Autoblog team.
Wiesmann has long been forbidden fruit of the very tastiest variety for car fans here in the US, and the boutique German sports car maker continues to concoct varieties of its GT that we long to drive. For this year's Geneva show, that means this flaming orange Wiesmann GT MF4-CS.
German sportscar maker Wiesmann has announced it's bringing the GT MF4-CS to say "Tag" to the world at the Geneva Motor Show. The last two characters in that letterlicious name stand for "Club Sport," making this the stripped-down track-day version of the Wiesmann GT MF4-S – that being the Sport version of the plain-old GT MF4.
German automaker Wiesmann teamed up with fashion house Sieger to give its MF3 roadster a fitting send-off after 18 long years on the market. The duo came up with 18 unique designs – one for each year the car was on sale – and one of those cars is currently on display at the Geneva Motor Show.
The term "Batmobile" is one that gets thrown around a lot in automotive circles. Pretty much anything black and sinister is described as the Dark Knight's new ride. But aside from the handful of custom vehicles made for the various TV shows and movie installments over the years – ranging from campy to badass – few have been truly worthy of the name. Enter the Wiesmann MF5 Black Bat.
The thing about retro styling is that, since it's anchored not in the contemporary but in the classical, it doesn't age. So you may be as surprised as we were to discover that the Wiesmann Roadster has been on the market for 18 years now.