TURIN – Six concept cars created by Italian design house Bertone for Lamborghini, Lancia and Chevrolet will be auctioned next month on the orders of a bankruptcy court.
Three of the cars represent milestones of Italian design and are expected to be sold for high amounts. Bids of between 1 million and 1.8 million euros are being asked for:
- The 1967 Lamborghini Marzal prototype, which was driven by Prince Rainier and Princess Grace at the start of 1967 Monaco Grand Prix. The car, which is well known for its gullwing doors, later was built as the Espada.
- The Lancia Stratos HF Zero, a mid-engine car that went into production as the Lancia Stratos, which dominated the World Rally Championships in the 1970s.
Both cars were created by Italian car designer Marcello Gandini, who worked at Bertone from 1965 to 1980.
The third milestone car is the Chevrolet Testudo, created by Giorgetto Giugiaro. The concept has a transparent one-piece windscreen and roof and was driven by Giugiaro from Turin to its debut at the 1973 Geneva auto show. Bids between 500,000 euros and 800,000 euros are being sought for the car.
The other three concepts have less historical relevance, therefore they have lower starting prices.