The One – Opel Astra Coupé Bertone

According The Automobile Club d’Italia (usually known by its acronym ACI) There are 37Millions of automobiles registered and circulating in Italy.
One is my new Opel Astra Coupé Bertone / (for UK Vauhxall Astra Coupé Bertone ) my second car like this after 12  years
This Great Car comes from a Venice Car Dealer as surplus,it was registered on 2006 , due some business difficulty the dealer closed and sell this zero kilometers(84 Km when I check the Car) to another dealer close to Modena  and Reggio nell’Emilia at the end of 2014 . I was lucky to meet this offer on internet and after a short negotiation with the new dealer I change my older Ural Mountain Green Astra Coupè with this one (Same Engine Z18XE Euro 4 but last production of the Torino factory, 16″ wheels,Texas Black Seats)Light Grey Mirage new for less than 1/4 of the listed 2005 car’s price 20150915_082624


This car is Special for me ,the History of BERTONE coachbuilder is special,so this change was less upsetting of what I thought ,who love cars and keep care of cars can understand



Opel Astra Bertone Coupé


This article was edited by 300CVWebzine on 2003 now offline so I just add some part and edited here because my great Opel Astra Bertone after 12 years(August) reach 217000 km , and soon something of new will happen so Enjoy this rare reading.
The new Opel Astra Coupé is born in collaboration with the Carrozzeria Bertone (Now defunct) and adds a new chapter in the long history of sports cars Opel,template like the legendary Opel GT, the Monza, the Manta, the Calibra and the Tigra
The new model was born from the collaboration between the Center of Design of Opel and the Carrozzeria Bertone in Grugliasco (Torino) ,they did  not limited to designing the sleek and streamlined but produces the car in a plant designed and build in to Torino.
The designers have taken advantage of the wedge-shaped line of Astra, emphasized  through a greater angle of the windscreen. The absence of the door frame and the second pillar of the roof black give the visual impression of a single window, giving greater impetus to the profile of the roof.
Despite the lowered front and the line very aerodynamic( Coefficent of Drag-Cx 0.29 ), Astra Coupe has a spacious interior, comfortable for 4 people and 460 liters of boot.
To obtain a road holding Sports and great handling, without compromising the quality of the alignment, the Opel has lowered the bodywork of about 20MM compared to the saloon,has stiffened springs and the front anti-roll bar and has mounted shock absorbers harder. The suspension geometry to DSa (Dynamic Safety Action) are guaranteed by the system structure/suspension McPherson.
The study of the bodywork has also taken into account the parameters of weight, rigidity and structural solidity. Using a lightweight high-strength steel for almost 70% of the body and metal sheets made specially, The Astra Coupe is not only light ,but also has excellent stiffness values static and dynamic. The body for example, weighs just 256 kg(Unladen Weight: 2755.8 lbs OR 1250 kg),but it has a stiffness of over 18000 Nm per degree higher than that of the Astra 4 door sedan.
In Italy the new Astra Coupe is available in two versions, the 1.8 16V and the 2.0 Turbo,which differ by motorization and staging but they have in common high performance,low fuel consumption and low exhaust emissions(both Euro IV respectively with 185g/km CO2 and 211 g/km). The 1.8 16V adopts an enhanced version of the petrol engine ECOTEC 1800cc 92Kw/125HP compression ratio of 10.5 :1 maximum torque 167/170Nm at 3800 rpm, recently adopted also on Zafira.The features are twin balance shafts,Multi-point fuel injection 1796cc.Bore 80.5 mm (3.2 in)Stroke88.2 mm (3.5 in) That ideal engine for a car brilliant as this,that in this version can reach a maximum speed of 210 km/h and 100 km/h from a standing start in just 9.5 ” .The consumption in mixed cycle is only 7.4 liters per 100 Km(13.5 lt/km)/Economy – Extra Urban 6 Liters per 100 km (17 Lt/Km)-Max City 10.8 liters per 100 Km( 9.25 lt/km)
The Astra Coupé Bertone 1.8 16V mounts the manual gearbox with 5 close ratios ,the same engaged on other versions of the Astra and is equipped with two brake circuits working In diagonal distribution,280mm disc brakes, power windows with automatic opening and closing by closing the doors locking,manual or automatic air conditioning and sport seats ” easy Entry(tilting and pushing the backrest , the seat slides forward and then resumes its original position) ,alloy wheels from 16″ to 6 breeds with DUNLOP SPORT 3000A tires 205/50 R16 87V.
The special windscreen with a thin protective film inserted between the two layers of safety glass which reduces up to almost 50% the heat absorption is going to accomplish the safety equipment that includes front headrests active front and side airbags pedals detachable in the event of a severe impact(patent Opel) ABS and electronic traction-control TC Plus that intervenes when now one or both wheels have lost grip, restoring the traction both by means of an action on the engine going to “cut” power to both wheels precisely, both through targeted action on calipers, to block any slippage of one wheel specifically.





Bertone,Trenchant Designers

bertone_logoBertone’s Factory ,coachbuilder, was founded by Giovanni Bertone in Torino on 1912;  some decades after his second son Nuccio Bertone became owner of this gem in to Italian car’s industy,surviving to both WWI and WWII.

Bertone factory is located in Grugliasco,north west Torino,is one of most modern car’s factory in this city,surpass Fiat Mirafiori plant,stand-alone plant in energy matter,can produce 100.000 cars a year and employ 1200 or more addicted to own work factory workers.

Bertone’s Painting section has no equal in Europe,despite the crisis Lamborghini is aiming this section for cataphoresis painting of Gallardo’s chassis.lamborghini1280

On 2003 I became the proud owner of one of last Bertone’s production in association with Opel,the Astra Coupè ,and that’s doesn’t mean only have  a car with a name signed on a Body like was one of my childhood’s car wish(Lamborghini Countach);is a matter of inner quality,cx and special steels,the body only weight 256kg but has rigidness of 18000 Nm;So due nearness(I live near Grugliasco, 35 Miles),thanks God and other things in October 2003 I was able to visit the plant in Torino.I was amazed by the enthusiasm living in the lanes of this factory,the best technology possible,know how at the service of the traditions and quality;I visited all the process section from welding throught painting till assembling and polishing…amazing day have lunch with workers.IMG_5412

My Paint for say thank you to the After Sales Manager


My Car

Finally after 4 years of Darkness, due recivership , FIAT weirdly seem come to rescue show intrest for this plant,till now administred by dodgy as predatory men,that’s should mean O2 for all the workers and honor for one of most important Italian coachbuilder close to 100th year of anniversary .

I’m a profane in this kind of things but driving my car,visiting this factory and learning something to the past of this tradition I have understand a thing,warned by message from the past writtend by Nuccio Bertone in to 1969850 RE-TelegrammaBertone“Very Good- I’m following your steps with enthusiasm,please continue in that way without Overdo– Best Wishes” Nuccio Bertone


Nuccio Bertone and the Lamborghini Countach*

*Its an Italian expression similar to the English “Phwooar”, has no real meaning but is an expression of appreciation. Countach pronounced (kuhn-tah) is an exclamation in english it would be something like holy f***ing cow! or holy $#!t

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bertoneMain Lobby Closed!

bertoneiibertoneiiiMy car on west side of the plant


View Corso Allamano 4


Fiat and  Sergio Marchionne has presented to press the new MASERATI’s plant named GIOVANNI AGNELLI born from BERTONE factory ,my hopes will be respected,I’m sure the cars  that will be produced from here  will be the best.

I’m happy for People working there ,they are the best and soon all of thems, 1000 workers(for now 500) will back to lanes.

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My HandPaints

SOLITUDE(1991) She’s My best company,at the begin ,watercolour on paper



ALIEN(1997) My homage to HR Giger,watercolour on paper


The K-night This was made on 1998 Deeply Inspired by THE KEEP,WaterColour on Paper

ORCA (1999) my favourite creature on my favourite light,watercolour on paper

(1999)DEFINITELY NEW YORK for my cousin living in Manhattan

FOR DEBBIE(2001) For My friend singer living in L.A. Debbie Diamond of the Januaries,watercolour on paper

ALBA 2002 Admitted at Italian Navy Contest,I’m a Navy’s Painter


BERTONE(2003) ,this was my way to say THANK YOU the Bertone After Sale Manager for help to fix my new car (on warranty) made by Bertone Factory,skipping dealer red tape,then I visited all the factory and all the production process,October 2003,was really a great experience,watercolour on paper.

Genova Christ(2006-08),was made for a friend of mine into his house in Genova,he had this door on yard free and ask me to free my mind and my hand…was an hard job,expecially drawing the “hands”,reviewed and completed on August 2k8,Acrylic Colour on wall