Bertone 1912 - 2012.
Stile Bertone is now up for sale. In block or parts. It is hoped that soon the company established by the father of Nuccio Bertone 102 years ago return to life and creativity under a professional management.
The sorrow is so great that mane friends, which whom we produced a story for the unpublished e-magazine Kinetika, have asked me to publish that homage written by the excellent Enrico L. Fagone, on the occasion of the centennial of the oldest Italian coachbuilder still in existence.
We like to bring and to show that report as it was made up by the talented painters and graphic designers committed to the Kinetika project through this PDF file. Bertone 100 Years. The Function of Shape.
But for those who wants to see it on line, here it is. Although in a simpler graphic composition.
WHAT’S IN THE NAME SUPERLEGGERA.
Re Mini - What's in a name by the excellent Alec Setwrite I tend to agree with him and those who think that the MINI Superleggera Vision does not look like a MINI. Although the concept car is a two-seater roadster, its overall proportion is absolutely different from the current MINI Roadster. It has a lower silhouette and a longer bonnet. The form language is also much different from what BMW has developed for the MINI range.
It has sharper lines and tauter surfaces.
Nevertheless, I think the MINI Superleggera Vision can be recognized as a member of the MINI family. This is not only thanks to two circular headlights and a hexagonal grille, but also because of the minimalist design approach that harks back to the original MINI.
Since BMW re-established the MINI brand, the design of each MINI model have been a little bit complex.
MRS BERTONE SAYS SHE WILL NOT GIVE UP.
Stile Bertone is in state of bankruptcy and is up for sale, either as a whole or in parts.
After some eight months of pointless administration no credible buyer or plan have been to save Stile Bertone have been submitted to the court.
Sources close to the procedure are simply speechless when asked to describe and comment the developments through the past six months and some of them go as far as to suggest that they would not be surprised if those who sailed the company onto the rocks will offer to buy what is left of it, through an intermediary from Switzerland or else, for few pennies.