Sold for € 3,445,000 the historical Carrozzeria Bertone collection

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Sold for € 3,445,000 the historical Carrozzeria Bertone collection, belonged to the bankruptcy proceedings of the famous manufacturer. Consisting in 79 pieces of the Museum Bertone, vehicles, prototypes and models, classified by the Italian Ministry of Cultural Heritage and Activities and therefore declared to be of cultural interest. The buyer’s name is unknown, although at this time there are rumors about the involvement of a famous names of italian design.

However, because of its nature of cultural heritage, the collection was sold in a single lot, not divisible and not to be exported outside the Italian territory. The hammer price is about 50% higher than the estimate (€ 2.13 million) and too much lower then the real market value. Among the Bertone’s museum cars, in fact, there are unique and famous masterpieces created by Nuccio Bertone, as the Lamborghini Miura or Countach, not to mention the Alfa Romeo Giulia SS or Lancia Stratos.

This final auction closes a legal battle began in 2007 with the bankruptcy proceedings of the historical bodywork factory behind the quarrels of the family Bertone, between the widow Lilli and the daughters Barbara and Marie Jeanne.

Bertone started with the horse-drawn carriages before arriving, after the War, to expand also to the engines. At that time Nuccio joined in, 19 years old, linking his name to the style and innovation and to the bigger names in the industry like Alfa Romeo, Ferrari, Aston Martin, Fiat and Lancia. Nuccio looking forward, was able to identify talent: in 1959 engaged the young Giorgetto Giugiaro, in 1965 Marcello Gandini. At his death, in 1997, the workers brought his coffin in the workshops: was that, before the auction, before the click, the beginning of the end.

All the cars involved

Model Year Estimate
LAMBORGHINI Miura S* 1967 140.000
ASTON MARTIN Jet 2** 2004 130.000
BERTONE Birusa** 2003 110.000
JAGUAR B99 GT** 2011 100.000
LANCIA Stratos HF* 1975 100.000
CHEVROLET Nivola** 1990 80.000
CHEVROLET Ramarro** 1984 80.000
LAMBORGHINI Countach* 1987 55.000
JAGUAR B99 GT** 2011 50.000
FERRARI Rainbow** 1976 48.000
BERTONE Z.E.R. (Zero Emission Record)** 1994 40.000
BERTONE Karisma (Porsche) 1994 40.000
LAMBORGHINI Genesis** 1988 40.000
NSU Trapeze** 1973 40.000
BERTONE Runabout** 1969 32.000
BMW Pickster** 1998 32.000
CADILLAC Villa** 2005 30.000
JAGUAR Ascot Coupé** 1977 28.000
CITROEN Camargue** 1972 24.000
ALFA ROMEO Bella** 1999 22.000
SAAB 90** 2002 22.000
ALFA ROMEO Giulia SS* 1963 20.000
FERRARI 308 GT4* 1978 15.000
LANCIA Kayak** 1995 15.000
OPEL Filo** 2001 14.000
OPEL Slalom** 1996 14.000
ALFA ROMEO Giulia Sprint 1600* 1963 12.000
ALFA ROMEO Montreal* 1972 12.000
BERTONE Shake** 1970 12.000
CITROEN Zabrus** 1986 12.000
FIAT Dino Coupé* 1970 12.000
BERTONE Barchetta** 2007 10.000
LAMBORGHINI Espada* 1970 10.000
ALFA ROMEO 2600 Sprint* 1964 9.000
ALFA ROMEO GT Cabrio** 2005 9.000
BERTONE Bliz** 1992 9.000
BERTONE Suagnà** 2003 9.000
FIAT Punto Racer** 1994 9.000
MINI Cooper S 2006 9.000
VOLVO Tundra** 1979 9.000
BERTONE Z.E.R.* 1994 8.000
CHRYSLER FRANCE Shake** 1970 5.000
FIAT X1/9 Alcan ASV 1986 5.000
SUZUKI Go** 1972 5.000
VOLVO 780 Coupé* 1990 5.000
BERTONE Slim** 2000 4.800
BERTONE Bliz** 1992 4.000
FIAT 128** 1969 4.000
FIAT 850 Spider* 1968 3.200
FIAT X1/9* 1977 3.200
BERTONE Freeclimber 2** 1992 3.000
OPEL Astra cabrio* 2000 3.000
VOLVO 780 coupé* 1982 3.000
BERTONE X1/9* 1992 2.400
FIAT Punto Cabrio* 2000 2.400
FIAT Ritmo Cabrio* 1986 2.400
FIAT X1/9 allungata** 1981 2.400
FIAT X1/9 Spider** 1987 2.400
OPEL Astra* 2000 2.400
OPEL Astra Cabrio 20* 1992 2.400
OPEL Kadett Cabrio* 1983 2.400
ALFA ROMEO GT** 2004 2.000
BERTONE Freeclimber** 1990 2.000
BERTONE Village** 1974 2.000
FIAT Enduro** 1996 2.000
LOTUS Emotion** 1991 2.000
BERTONE Slim (telaio)** 2000 1.500
BERTONE Slim** (maquette) 2000 1.000
BERTONE Rush** 1992 1.000
BMW C1* 1999 1.000
FIAT Enduro Raid** 1996 1.000
FIAT/LANCIA X1-10 Anni ‘80 1.000
GM Carousel 2004 1.000
LANCIA Kayak maquette** 1995 1.000
SIMCA Coupé 1200 S* 1967 1.000
SKODA Favorit* 1987 1.000
CITROEN XM* 1990 850
OPEL Bici** 1999 500
TOTAL   1.514.200
* Stock

** Prototype

The “one of a kind” Maserati Boomerang offered at Bonhams Chantilly Sale

maserati-boomerang-concept-front-three-quarterConcept car degli anni 1970, la Maserati Boomerang era un prototipo diverso da qualsiasi cosa vista prima. Utilizzando forme geometriche e linee rette, il suo stile si impose fortemente al Salone di Torino del 1971. Ora la Boomerang è pronta ancora una volta a far parlare di sé alla Bonhams Chantilly Sale del 5 settembre prossimo.

maserati-boomerang_3La Boomerang fu esposta anche al Salone di Ginevra del 1972, questa volta trasformata in un veicolo completamente operativo. Sviluppata sul telaio della Maserati Bora, la Boomerang era dotata di un motore da 300 cavalli che la lanciava ad una velocità di 300 chilometri orari. Con il suo motore V8, prese il meglio della meccanica Maserati combinata con la genialità di Giorgetto Giugiaro. Questi elementi hanno creato un capolavoro unico nel suo genere.

Giugiaro fu scoperto dal Direttore Tecnico Fiat, Dante Giacosta, che, colpito dal lavoro dell’artista alla scuola d’arte, gli offrì la possibilità di unirsi allo staff dei designer Fiat. Nel 1959, quattro anni più tardi, all’età di 21 anni, al talentuoso Giugiaro fu offerto un posto da direttore del Design Centre Bertone, dove affinò la sua arte con la creazione di progetti per Aston Martin, Jaguar, Ferrari e Maserati.

Perfettamente funzionante, la Maserati Boomerang è in asta alla Bonhams Chantilly Sale, che si terrà il 5 settembre a Chantilly Arts & Elegance Richard Mille, in Francia. Per ulteriori informazioni, visita il sito Bonhams: http://www.bonhams.com/auctions/23127/


A signature concept car of the 1970s, the Maserati Boomerang was a one-off prototype unlike anything seen before. Using geometric shapes and ruler straight lines, its angular style made a strong statement at the 1971 Turin Motor Show. Now the Boomerang is set to cause a stir once again as a highlight lot of Bonhams 5 September Chantilly Sale.

Philip Kantor, Bonhams European Head of Motoring, said: “The Boomerang was the first car of its time to create such a strong, angular style statement. It’s considered by many to be one of the most remarkable designs of the 20th century and the ‘grandfather’ to the Volkswagen Golf Mk 1. The Boomerang has been shown at many world-class events including exhibitions and concours d’élégance such as Villa d’Este and Pebble Beach, and is now offered at Bonhams first ever sale in Chantilly.”

First unveiled at the 1971 Turin Motor show, the Boomerang was also exhibited at the 1972 Geneva Motor Show, this time transformed to a fully operational vehicle. Developed over the chassis of the Maserati Bora, the Boomerang boasted an impressive 300bhp, and a top speed of 300km/h. With the V8 engine, the Boomerang took the best of Maserati mechanics and combined it with the imagination of Giorgetto Giugiaro. These elements created a fully functional, one-of-a-kind masterpiece.

Giugiaro was discovered by Fiat Technical Director, Dante Giacosta, who, impressed by the artist’s work at art school, offered him a chance to join Fiat’s Styling Office. In 1959, four years later and at the age of 21, the talented Giugiaro was offered a position as manager of the Bertone Design Centre, where he honed his craft by creating designs for the likes of Aston Martin, Jaguar, Ferrari, and Maserati – this grounding later lead to the innovative design of the Maserati Boomerang.

Still in working order and fully road registered, the Maserati Boomerang is offered at Bonhams Chantilly Sale, taking place on 5 September at Chantilly Arts & Elegance Richard Mille, held in Chantilly, France. For further information, visit Bonhams website: http://www.bonhams.com/auctions/23127/