Supercar manufacturer Gumpert Sportwagenmanufaktur GmbH has officially gone under.
The company was first founded in 2004 by Roland Gumpert, former head of Sales and Marketing for Audi. Through the years, Gumpert created only a handful of cars, the most famous being the Gumpert Apollo. It gained its fame when the Apollo appeared on BBC’s Top Gear and took the fastest lap time around the lap.
Unfortunately, the Apollo was not enough to keep the company afloat, as they filed for bankruptcy last year. Initially, there was a light at the end of the bankruptcy tunnel. Gumpert announced that a new investor was lined up and ready to save the company. Insolvency administrator Gorge Scheid has announced this week that this new investor backed out. With no investment, Gumpert is left with no other option than to close its doors only 9 years after it’s birth.
It’s a sad day in the automotive world, but at least Gumpert was able to stick its foot into the automotive industry and make an impact. I can easily say that the Gumpert Apollo Enraged is one of my favorite cars out there, and it saddens me to know that there will be no successor. Of course, there is always the chance that an investor will raise the company from the grave, but for the meantime, we ought to appreciate what was Gumpert. Speaking of appreciate, with the company’s closing, those Apollos probably just skyrocketed in price. Maybe now is the best time to go and pick one up. I see no reason why these won’t be collector’s items in the near future.