Bertone, maker and designer of countless Italian cars, super-cars and of course the MINI JCW GP, is officially bankrupt. Since the 2000 unit run of the GP it’s production lines have been entirely idle and losses have topped $55 million.
Previously the company had made the BMW C1 – an urban motorcycle that failed to sell in any great numbers. As a bit of a consolation BMW gave the company production of the GP in 2006 hoping that would bridge the gap until more work surfaced. However as luck would have it, the GP was the last car down Bertone’s production lines in any great numbers.
While this doesn’t impact any future plans for MINI, it is sad to see a company of Bertone’s historical importance fall on hard times.
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