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German automaker Wiesmann GmbH specializes in hand-built, one-of-a-kind coupes and convertibles. Martin Wiesmann, an engineer, and Friedhelm Wiesmann, a businessman, are brothers who formed the firm, which has its plant in Dülmen, in 1988.


In 1993, the company's first roadster emerged from the factory. By 2006, they had started making the Wiesmann MF 3 and MF 30 roadsters, as well as the Wiesmann GT MF 4 coupé, all of which used BMW-supplied engines and transmissions. A gecko was chosen as the company's emblem because they claimed their hand-built automobiles "stick to the road like geckos to a wall."

Wiesmann had hoped to start exporting automobiles to the US by 2010, but his plans were derailed by issues with the currency rate and the hefty expense of altering and testing vehicles to make them suitable for American roads. Wiesmann filed for bankruptcy at the Münster district court on August 14, 2013. The creditors' conference was also postponed four months after Wiesmann's management board moved to terminate the insolvency proceedings owing to the elimination of the insolvency reasons. The firm was shut down a month later in May 2014 after discussions with the UK-based consortium CMMW, which was interested in purchasing Wiesmann and restarting production, proved fruitless. However, following a takeover by London-based investor Roheen Berry, who also assumed the role of CEO,
Details on the restart of the business in 2020 may be found on the Wiesmann website.

Wiesmann - HOMEPAGE

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