Bertone Auctions Off Some of its Most Recognizable Concepts to Avoid Insolvency

Here lies Bertone, the famed Italian automotive design house, bankrupt and on almost on the verge of death. The once legendary company was forced to sell its most prized possessions – six concept cars – to appease the bankruptcy commission and also to remain afloat. RM Auctions of London handle the sale at this past weekend’s Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este 2011.

So what delectable concepts were the vultures able to get their beaks into? Well, there’s the 1967 Lamborghini Marzal that once graced the Monaco Grand Prix and is often cited as the inspiration for the Espada of the following year.

Then comes the extreme, wedge-shaped 1970 Lancia Stratos HF Zero, which looks like the car RoboCop would use on the weekends and the little known Chevrolet Testudo of 1963. Next are two more low slung, Lamborghini-badged offerings – the Countach-alike Bravo coupe of 1974 and its convertible Athon brother from 1980. And lastly is the 1978 Lancia Sibilo that looks to me like a prop out of Total Recall and is finished in a very ‘70s shade of chocolate brown.

Overall, the auction went well with the Lamborghini Marzal fetching €1.51 million (estimated: €1 to €1.8 million), the Lamborghini Athon €347,200 (est. €150,000 to €220,000), the Lamborghini Bravo €588,000 (est. €150,000 to €220,000) and the Lancia Sibilo €95,200 (est. €60,000 to €100,000). The only cars that didn’t meet their estimated sales value were the Lancia HF Zero at €761,600 (est. €1 to €1.8 million) and the Chevrolet Testudo €336,000 (est. €500,000 to €800,000).

You can see pictures of the concepts that went up for sale in our gallery below.

By Tristan Hankins

Photos courtesy RM Auctions

PHOTO GALLERY

Watch This Lamborghini Murcielago Drifter Destroy Tires And Spit Flames

The Murcielago drifter in question races in Japan and is also fitted with a Liberty Walk widebody kit.

Tuned Mercedes-AMG GT 63 S With 730 HP Is Lambo Aventador-Fast

Watch this upgraded AMG GT 63 S accelerate to over 186 mph on the Autobahn with ease.

2020 Bentley Flying Spur Makes A Great Case For Big Luxury Saloons

Bentley may have a winner in its hands with the Bentayga, but the new Flying Spur is closer to its core values.

Volkswagen Auctions Beetle Final Edition To Serve A Good Cause

The event took place at the Chattanooga plant over the weekend, where the new Atlas Cross Sport will be made.

All This Swedish Ferrari FF Wanted Was To Be An Italian Police Car

The FF certainly has enough room in the rear to hold any criminals, although it won’t because that’s simply a nicely executed wrap.

Does The Ford Ranger Raptor Work As A Family Car?

While it might not be as fast as the Raptor moniker suggests, it excels at arduous terrains – but can it be your daily driver?.

The New Honda Fit Might Not Make It Into The United States

Nothing is official, but so far Honda refers to the model only as the Jazz, plus sales of the current Fit in the US have declined by 17 percent this year.

Is Tesla Readying A “Track Mode Package” Upgrade For The Model 3 Performance?

According to info contained in a parts catalog list, the Performance version of Tesla’s entry-level sedan is set to get new tires and upgraded brake pads.

Ferrari’s First U.S. Tailor Made Center Opens In New York City

The new Tailor Made Center is housed in a redesigned showroom and features a private owners’ lounge as well as space for five cars on display.

VW Working On Two SUVs To Slot Below The Tiguan – Could They Be US-Spec Versions Of T-Roc And T-Cross?

These two should hit the U.S. market alongside the electric ID.4, but it’s unknown if they’re federalized versions of existing ones or distinct models.