Bertone Sells Car Collection at Villa d'Este

Last weekend, the Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este ended, bringing honors for some, recognition for others and some much-needed cash for former glory of Italian car design Bertone. The producer, who announced ever since the end of March that it will be selling most of its prized collection of concepts cars in order to generated cash, walked away with a chubby bank account from the Lake Como event.

Bertone put up for sale perhaps one of the most interesting collections of cars that have entered the premises of the BMW-sanctioned event, and the people attending the show seem to have seen the cars as such. Below is a list of the models Bertone managed to make a profit from:
  • 1967 Lamborghini Marzal prototype, serial number 1001, driven by Prince Ranier and Princess Grace at the start of 1967 Monaco Grand Prix, sold for EUR1.51 million
  • 1970 Lancia Stratos HF Zero, serial number C/1160CPL, sold for EUR761,600
  • 1963 Chevrolet Testudo, serial number 20927w207657, sold for EUR336,000
  • 1974 Lamborghini Bravo, serial number NS46 01, sold for EUR588,000
  • 1980 Lamborghini Athon, serial number S155/01, sold for EUR347,200
  • 1978 Lance Sibilo, serial number S 12201, sold for EUR95,200. 

Of all the models mentioned above, only the HF Zero and the Testudo fell under the listing price, all the other selling well within (and at times above) the estimated price range of the manufacturer.

“These cars represent a highly significant slice of Bertone's creative history, as well as a unique opportunity to purchase some of the best known and most influential dream cars ever built,” said Max Girardo, managing director of RM Europe, the organizers of the auction.
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