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Bertone Alfa Romeo Bat 5, 7, 9 & 11

Bertone, one of Italy’s best-known and eldest carrozzerias, is still under fire. But the Alfa Romeo 8C-based BAT 11 could bring a new lease of life in the troubled company.
 
Every motoring fan who drives down Viale Nuccio Bertone in Grugliasco Italy, these days, should be prepared. When you pass the huge Carrozzeria Bertone facilities, you will see flags and banners that are hung at the gate by the work force. And even if my Italian might not be appropriate, I can sort out that ‘Save Bertone’ is the message that is spread from here.

However, there is hope for the company. Roland Martin, Bertone's newly adopted business development director, told reporter Mark Phelan that things looked very dark indeed: “At the beginning of 2008, it looked like Stile Bertone would not survive".
It now looks like it could be the Alfa 8C-based BAT 11, built on behalf of the American dentist and former BAT 9-owner Gary Kaberle, that will become the light at the end of the tunnel. The car was only just finished before the Geneva show in March this year and was received well.
Bertone Alfa Romeo BAT 11
Bertone is thinking of a limited production run of the car now, Martin told. 25 To 50 BAT 11’s could become reality as part of a plan to produce very small runs of historic designs from the company's past and present. “They would be custom-built vehicles, and we would only do it if we sell them before we begin production”, Martin said.

We can only hope he’s right.
Bertone Alfa Romeo BAT 11
Source: Freep.com

Click here for the Bertone BAT 11 gallery and here for its predecessors BAT 5, 7 and 9.
 
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