Here’s your chance, get yourself a real Bertone

Here’s your chance, get yourself a real Bertone
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Just two weeks to go before in Italy the sale starts of the contents of Stile Bertone. Auction house Aste Bolaffi has now published the catalogue online. And if you enjoy car history and car design, you will probably start drooling the moment you see it.

The Bertone sale is part of a larger sale of classic cars. The Bertone-lots are mainly design drawings, blueprints and scale 1:5 models from Stile Bertone. But there are some real prototype cars too.

It is difficult to say which item is the most interesting because there is something here for everybody.

There are sketches and blueprints of dozens of cars. Some are production cars, like the Fiat X1/9 or the Iso Rivolta Lele.

Others are concept-cars or one-offs, like the Simca Shake buggy or the Renault Coupé.

Very nice and appealing is, for instance, the design of a facelift of the Alfa Romeo Alfetta. And of course, there is the great Ferrari 308 GT4 Rainbow.
Sketches like this were produced by Stile Bertone and presented to the client.


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Most sketches are estimated at between EUR 500 and 1,500.

But there are also scale models, that were used to test a design. They were made in scale 1:5. 

There are models of, for instance, the Innocenti Mini 90, the Fiat Dino Coupé and Lamborghini Urraco. And there are even two models in scale 1:18 made by master-crafter Brianza. 

The models are estimated by the auctioneer at around EUR 1,000 to 2,500.


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Of course, there are some actual cars from Bertone also. Three, to be exact.

A very special one is the prototype that… never was. It is a BMW Z3 M from 1996.

BMW gave the car to Stile Bertone with the idea that the Italians would use it to build a prototype.

But somehow that never happened. The car has been driven for a while by executives of Stile Bertone, using a ‘prova’ registration.

But they never got a real registration for it and after some months the car was parked in the Bertone museum and has been there ever since.

So if you want a fast 3.2 litre Z3 M with only 28,826 kilometres experience, this is the car for you. The auctioneer has estimated it at EUR 12,000 to 14,000.



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The other prototypes are more interesting. Much more!

The Alfa Romeo 8C Competizione ‘Pandion’ Bertone, for instance, is a prototype based on the 8C Competizione. It was built by Bertone to mark the 100th anniversary of Alfa Romeo in 2010.

The car can actually run and there are some video’s on Youtube to show it.

This special prototype was displayed at the Geneva Auto Show of 2010, the Beijing Auto Show and Pebble Beach.

This car comes with all the available documentation, it is estimated at EUR 220,000 to 260,000.


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Probably the most special of all cars from Stile Bertone is, of course, the Bertone Nuccio, that was designed to mark the 100th anniversary of the designhouse in 2012.

The car was designed by Michael Robinson, who had become chief of design at Stile Bertone in 2009.

Whoever buys this car, will get also the scale 1:1 maquette that was built first.

The real car is built on the mechanics of a 2006 Ferrari 430 F1. By request (order?) of Ferrari, the prancing horse logo was removed from all parts.

After all, Ferrari was very much attached to Pininfarina.

This Bertone Nuccio is estimated at EUR 280,000 to 320,000.

The auction by auction house Aste Bolaffi will take place on May 23 in the building next tot he Arese test track of Alfa Romeo.

And in fact, some of the cars on sale will be shown driving on the track. 

The auction is live, but it is possible to make your bid online.