Iconic Italian design house responsible for Miura, Countach, Stratos

There is a new automotive economy, as automakers have steadily been bringing their design efforts in house and teaming with other automakers for production, leaving design houses and coach/contract builders out in the cold.

Bertone, an iconic Italian-based design house, is no stranger to this chilly market. After the company avoided financial ruin in 2007 and 2011, it seems Bertone is a little closer to meeting the reaper.

CarAdvice Australia reports the company has ceased trading due to legal claims made by numerous suppliers, forcing Bertone to close its doors. Whether it is temporarily or permanently waits to be seen.

A Turkish firm and as well as seven other Italian companies have reportedly shown interest in purchasing the company.

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Mark Stevenson is a former IT professional turned freelance automotive writer and news editor for Autos.ca. He's a member of the Automobile Journalists Association of Canada and former member of the Texas Automotive Writers Association (TAWA). Mark spends an inordinate amount of time on motorcycles and resides in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia with his two dogs - Nismo and Maloo. You can find him on Twitter and Facebook.