PARIS – A 32-year-old French geographer is trying to revive the French car brand Amilcar as a low-volume, hand-built sports car. So far he has spent about $400,000 on engineering and a mold for the carbon fiber exterior. Now he has reached the stage that halts many automotive dreams: He needs more capital to prepare a running prototype. Amilcar was a French sports car that made a good name for itself at race courses between the two world wars, but recessions in 1927 and the ...

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