The Last Italian Design House

Bertone's Greatest Hits Blazing Beauty and Bizarre Brilliance.

1952: The Abarth 1500 was the first design by Franco Scaglione for Bertone. Bought by Packard, its divided backlight inspired the 1956 Oldsmobile Golden Rocket and the 1963 "split window" Corvette.

1953: The Alfa Romeo 1900 BAT 5 was the first of the spectacular Berlinetta Aerodinamica Tecnica series that was completed only a couple years ago with the unlovely BAT 11. This first BAT established Bertone's reputation for audacity.

1954: The Alfa Romeo Giulietta Sprint coupe was meant to exist in a series of only 1000. This car put Bertone on the map as a serious production carrozzeria; 34,000 were made over twelve years.

1957: The Alfa Romeo Giulietta Sprint Speciale prototype aerodynamic coupe led to limited production in 1959. Before it was canceled in 1965, 2652 were built.

1961: The BMW 3200CS -- of which only 597 coupes were built, along with the one-off convertible pictured here-showed stylist Giugiaro's work to great advantage and added to Bertone's luster.

1964: The Alfa Romeo Giulia Canguro one-off concept was beloved by almost all the world's car designers. It was perhaps the very best Bertone-Giugiaro collaboration.

1966: The Lamborghini Miura was one of Marcello Gandini's first projects at Bertone. It was the first of many almost-incredible Lamborghini production and concept models.

1968: The Alfa Romeo 33/2 Stradale Carabo concept car was only 39 inches high. A startling iridescent green, it remains one of the most striking concept cars of the past fifty years.

1970: The Lancia Stratos Zero was even lower than the Carabo, at 33 inches. Nuccio Bertone used it as a road car from time to time, believe it or not.

1971: A peak of exotica for Bertone, with both the Lambo Countach shown at Geneva and the rationalized Lancia Stratos put into production.

1972: The Fiat X1/9 was a Bertone tour de force, carried through to production despite enormous resistance from Fiat engineers, who did not have Nuccio's dedicated enthusiasm.

1994: The Bertone ZER (zero emission record) used lead-acid batteries and took a number of records, including the flying kilometer at 189 mph. It was another example of Bertone being ahead of the curve.

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I've always loved Bertone designs with the futuristic wedge shapes. Amazing to see the company in the hands of a woman who looks like a docent from the Liberace Museum.
Bertone is fantastic. One of the all time greatest names in automotive design. I hope they continue for another 100 years!

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