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Now's Your Chance For Rare Bertone Concepts

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On: Mon, Apr 11, 2011 at 6:49PM | By: Chris Weiss

Now's Your Chance For Rare Bertone Concepts

Bertone, the Italian design house that has brought us such cars as the $2-million Corvette ZR1-based Mantide, has been in court-supervised liquidation since 2008. The most recent turn in this process is that six classic concepts developed for Lamborghini, Chevy, and Lancia will be auctioned off by U.K.-based RM Auctions. The auction will give wealthy car enthusiasts the rare chance at owning a classic Bertone concept.

The auction will be headlined by the 1967 Lamborghini Marzal concept. I remember seeing this one as a kid in my big encyclopedia of Lamborghini and thinking the 1988 equivalent of "WTF?!" The car, which is defined to the eye by its glass gullwing doors, later turned into the Espada. It was driven by Prince Rainier and Princess Grace at the 1967 Monaco Gran Prix. The four-seater is powered by a one-of-its-kind 175-hp 2.0-liter inline six and five-speed manual gearbox.

Another prized piece of the collection is the 1970 Lancia Stratos HF Zero. This model featured a 115-hp 1.6-liter V-4 engine mounted amidships and was unveiled at the Turin Motor Show in 1970. It was the first prototype of the production Stratos. The concept received much buzz at the time for its sharp, angular lines, low-slung cabin, and futuristic design elements. The car was fully restored in 2000.

The third piece of particular interest is the 1963 Chevy Testudo. A more curvaceous concept than either the Marzal or the Stratos HF Zero, the Testudo debuted at the 1963 Geneva Motor Show. It featured an estimated 81-hp worth of 2.4-liter flat-six engine. It was fully restored in the 1990s.

Those three models are expected to fetch bids between €500,000 and €1.8 million ($717K to $2.6 million).

The other three cars, which are expected to sell between €60,000 and €220,000, are the 1974 Lamborghini Bravo, 1980 Lamborghini Athon, and the 1978 Lancia Sibilo.

The auction will take place on May 21 at the Concorso d'Eleganza Villa d'Este in Como, Italy.

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