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Care For Bertone’s Freclimber, A Daihatsu Rocky With A BMW Engine? That’ll Be $15,000 28
Posted by Sergiu Tudose in Bertone, BMW, Classics, Daihatsu, SUV, used cars on 01 28th, 2017

Meet the Bertone Freeclimber, a Japanese-Italian half-breed powered by a German turbo-diesel engine. What could go wrong?
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This Poor Abandoned Iso Grifo Is About To Get A New Home 7
Posted by Carscoops Staff in auction, Barn Finds, Bertone, Classics on 09 7th, 2016

If you squint just so, you can see a beautiful Italian classic underneath all that rust. It's been sitting derelict for the past couple of decades, but it's about to get a new home.
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Bertone’s 1954 Aston DB2/4 Spider To Headline Gooding Auction At Pebble Beach 20
Posted by Carscoops Staff in ASTON MARTIN, auction, Bertone, Pebble Beach on 06 20th, 2016

Seeing a classic European sports car out on its own is usually enough to catch our attention. But at an event like Pebble Beach, it takes something a little more to stand out. Like unique bodywork from one of the Old World's premier coachbuilders.
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Unique Bertone-Designed Ferrari 250 GT SWB “Speciale” To Be Auctioned 25
Posted by Bogdan Zoltan in auction, Bertone, Classics, Ferrari, Ferrari Concepts, used cars on 07 25th, 2015

Only 176 factory examples of the 250 GT Berlinetta SWB were built on shortened 250 chassis and then there;s this one-off coach-built special.
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Bertone Nuccio Concept 28
Posted by admin in Bertone, china, Concept Cars, Coupe, Geneva Motor Show, Passenger Cars, Performance, Specialty, Sport Cars, supercars, World Cars on 12 28th, 2012

The Nuccio concept, showed off by Bertone as a rolling model at the Geneva Motor Show and then as a road-ready car at the Beijing Motor Show is in talks to be sold. An update on the Lancia Stratos Zero concept from the seventies and powered by a 4.3-liter Ferrari V8 with 480 horsepower, the Nuccio was a 15,000-hour exercise in what the company’s historical language could look like today.

Bertone Nuccio Concept

That styling has changed a little from the Geneva concept, befitting its new-found usability. The single, narrow LED headlight has been replaced by two more conventional units, and the windscreen is now a more realistic size. The larger side mirrors are also more usable.

Named after the late Giuseppe “Nuccio” Bertone, one of the company’s most famous designers, the Nuccio concept car also celebrates the design firm’s 100th anniversary this year.

Bertone is responsible for some of the world’s most famous vehicles–the Lancia Stratos, Lamborghini Miura, Lamborghini Countach and several Alfa Romeos and Citroëns have passed over the drawing board at Bertone before hitting the streets.

Bring A Trailer Find: Fiat X1/9 Survivor 9
Posted by Kurt Ernst in Automotive, Bertone, classic cars, Fiat, Fiat X1/9, Find of the week, Vintage Cars on 03 9th, 2011

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Fiat’s mid-engined, rear drive X1/9 sport coupe was one of the cars I lusted after in my newly-licensed years. Back then, they were cheap and they were plentiful, and they took to corners like Charlie Sheen takes to porn stars. On the down side, they were also about as reliable as Charlie Sheen, and just as prone to breakdowns. I hate to harp on Fiat, which is now born again in the United States with vastly improved products and quality control, but the old jokes about “Fix It Again, Tony” were pretty much on the money. That explained why so many relatively clean examples could be found for fire sale prices; most had a “minor electrical problem” or “needed a tune up”, which was really code for “this four-wheeled spawn of satan has drained my bank account, so it’s time to ruin someone else’s life”.

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I’ve moved on to other cars, but this particular Fiat (actually, Bertone) X1/9, found on Bring A Trailer, really caught my eye. It’s only got 7,433 miles on the clock, and the reason why is what keeps us car guys combing through old barns, estate sales and even storage locker liquidations. The car was one of fifty 1987 X1/9s still in port storage when the importer (Malcolm Bricklin’s International Automobile Importers) closed its doors. The car then sat for over twenty years before being purchased by its current owner, who did a light restoration by changing all fluids, hoses, brake lines, reservoirs and brake pads. The single non-stock part is an upgraded stereo, since the original car probably came with an AM/FM/Cassette deck.

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The price, at $12,750, is a bit steep for my own trip down memory lane. Sure, the cars handled well, but they lacked power and parts won’t be easy to find at Pep Boys (and trust me, sooner or later you’ll need parts). On the flip side, it’s probably the only affordable mid-engine Italian sports car you’ll ever find, and it is eligible for vintage road rallying. Sure, a Ferrari 308 makes a better sound, but they’re not exactly rare; Bertone X1/9s, on the other hand, now have an element of exclusivity about them. If you can’t live without this one, hit up Bring A Trailer.