Melkus Files for Bankruptcy

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The world is filled with people that think they can do better than Ferrari or Lamborghini. They make a tubular chassis, get a V8 engine from a Corvette and call it a supercar. While we’re not big on huge corporations cornering the market, the fact of the matter is you can’t build and sell a supercar without the heritage.
Yet another small sportscar maker has found out that it’s hard to sell cars worth €150,000 ($185,000) if people don’t know who you are. A German company called Melkus has reportedly filed for bankruptcy with district courts in Dresden.

The German company has been hoping to sell a lightweight sportscar called the RS2000. It had Lotus-ish styling, gullwing doors and a 2.0-liter turbo engine with 300 horsepower or more. But with the crisis biting down hard in Europe since the RS2000 was launched at the 2009 Frankfurt Motor Show, it’s not surprising they didn’t see the 25 units per year they wanted to.

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Mihnea's favorite cars have already been built, the so-called modern classics from the '80s and '90s. He also loves local car culture from all over the world, so don't be surprised to see him getting excited about weird Japanese imports, low-rider VWs out of Germany, replicas from Russia or LS swaps down in Florida.
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