A photo for Sunday: Bertone’s Star

At long last, the final Astra F variant: the cabrio.

1994 Opel Astra convertible

Bertone designed this and sold it for four years, from 1994. Bertone went on to do the Astra G coupe. As I expected, the version I snapped was aubergine. If they came in other colours, I haven’t seen one. 

Here is the Bertone badge:

At the time this kind of thing could be taken for granted. Pininfarina would be doing something else, a coupe, perhaps. These days the carrozzeria’s ambitions and abilities are limited to styling if they exist at all. Bertone went bankrupt in 2014: the brand name still exists while the industrial infrastructure and continuity of expertise is now dispersed.

1994 Opel Astra cabriolet, Flensburg.

Author: richard herriott

I like anchovies. I dislike post-war town planning.

One thought on “A photo for Sunday: Bertone’s Star”

  1. Those lovely Marchionneratis are built at Bertone’s former Grugliasco factory. Which isn’t good enough a reason to cast any more positive a light onto those tinny pastiches.

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