AUTOSHOW-Europe's master coachbuilders struggle to survive

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By Christiaan Hetzner PARIS, Sept 29 (Reuters) - Betting on a boom in new orders in 1999 as big carmakers increasingly outsourced production of niche models, fabled Italian coachbuilder Carozzeria Bertone more than doubled its production capacity to 70,000 cars. Now the widow of the founder is forced to tap the family fortune to sustain the company, which designed and built the revolutionary mid-engine Lamborghini Miura 40 years ago. Its contracts have dried up and output shrank this ...

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