Saturday, April 2, 2011

Need Another Reason to Play the Lottery? Historic Bertone Concepts Up For Auction

In one of those rare "you've got to be fracking kidding me" moments, Automobile Magazine reports that design powerhouse Bertone is offering up at least five historic concepts for an upcoming RM Auction event.  Scheduled for May 21st, the design firm is said to be releasing the heretofore privately held vehicles to the general public in an effort to increase their cash/no cash quotient.  All said and done, I never thought I'd see the day when so many GM's and Bertone's of the world turn loose their corporate collections for the sake of a buck.  Haven't they ever heard of Kickstarter?

Porsche, Mercedes-Benz and Ferrari all have world class museums showcasing the evolution of their various models.  Mercedes additionally administers not one but two Classic Centers (Stuttgart, Germany and Irvine, CA) to promote ownership and driveability of the older but beloved cars.

It seems given the economic gloom still floating around, coupled with a limited buyer pool for one-off Bertone concepts, I dare suggest that at least a handful of collectors will be getting the bargain of the year, even if the prices rise into the high six figures.  It must feel good to be recession proof.

Read all about it here:  Bring Several Trailers...

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