Bertone, an Italian engineering and design company, is in discussions with a Chinese automobile collector who wants to purchase the firm's one-off Nuccio supercar. Automotive News Europe cited Bertone CEO Marco Filippa as saying that they are in "close negotiations" with the collector.
It took around 15,000 hours for the Nuccio to be designed, engineered and manufactured, according to Filippa. It was named after Giuseppe "Nuccio" Bertone, who is the son of the company founder Giovanni.
Filippa further disclosed that the asking price for the supercar is around 2 million euros. The model was built to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the company. The Nuccio was revealed as a full-sized styling prototype in March at the Geneva car show. It was transformed into a road-ready model in time to be displayed at the Beijing car show.
Bertone intends to complete the sale of the vehicle after displaying it in August at the Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance, in Monterrey, California.
The company's design boss Mike Robinson took inspiration for the mid-engine Nuccio from the popular 1970 Lancia Stratos Zero concept. The Nuccio has innovations like a tensile steel roof which provides high structural resistance at a low weight.
Car enthusiasts sure can’t wait for 2012 to arrive. Why? Simply because the an other-worldly concept car from Bertone will be unveiled at the Geneva Motor Show to celebrate the company’s 100th year anniversary. The concept model will be called Nuccio, after the celebrated son of the company’s founder Guideppe “Nuccio” Bertone.
Considered as an “extreme” sports car, the Nuccio is every enthusiast’s fantasy came to life; with its evolutionary imprint built into Bertone’s DNA, the mid-rear engine Berlinetta. The company’s trademark low, muscular one-box design was not lost in the creation of the new model.
The spotlight will certainly be focused on the Nuccio at all the events scheduled for the centenary. After Geneva, the Nuccio will be taken to Beijing (April) and to the Turin National Car Museum (May).
Bertone will also sponsor the upcoming Automotive News Europe in June, displaying the Nuccio during its proceedings. Finally, the last tours will happen during August and September at Concorso Italiano, Laguna Seca, California and during the Florence Unique Special Ones, respectively; events which will be attended by the most prestigious collectors worldwide.