2.7 million reasons to buy the Bertone Nuccio concept
Bertone impressed the world with their Nuccio Concept unveiled back in March at the 2012 Geneva Motor Show, and now after being shown in Beijing, it’s being reported by Automotive News Europe, Bertone is in negotiations with a Chinese auto collector to sell the one-off supercar.
"We are currently in close negotiations with a Chinese collector who wants to buy the Nuccio," Bertone CEO Marco Filippa told Automotive News Europe at the auto show in Beijing. Filippa said that the Nuccio concept, took an estimated 15,000 hours to design, engineer, and build.
According to the report, the Chinese car collector was so taken with the car, that he is currently in discussions with Bertone to pay $2.7 million to take the unique looking Nuccio home to his collection. If the collector does make a deal to purchase the Nuccio, he will have to wait to take it home until after the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elagance, in Monterrey, California where Bertone plans to display the Nuccio again in August.
The styling on the Nuccio changed slightly from the car that we saw in Geneva and Bertone adopted to use more conventional headlights instead of the single, narrow LED's, and slightly thicker side mirrors. The concept’s distinctive roof and large, tapered windshield remains but with a more realistic size. Mike Robinson, who is Bertone’s design chief, took inspiration from the legendary 1970 Lancia Stratos Zero concept to create the mid-engine Nuccio, and used a tensile steel roof to increase stength and reduce weight on the futuristic looking car.