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Bertone Nuccio Concept Could Sell For $2.5 Million

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On: Mon, Apr 30, 2012 at 9:59AM | By: Chris Weiss

Bertone Nuccio Concept Could Sell For $2.5 Million

Exotic cars really aren't all that exotic any more. Every NFL quarterback, sports agent, stock broker and rapper has one, possibly a whole garage-full. If you want to go really exotic, you have to be savvy enough to get your hands on the wild, one-off automotive creations known as concept cars. As the Bertone Nuccio demonstrates, you don't even have to have an iota of taste to drop millions on one of those.

The Bertone Nuccio debuted at last month's Geneva Motor Show. It was designed to be an homage to the wedge-shaped styling exemplified by the1970 Lancia Stratos HF Zero. It failed pretty hard, as far as we're concerned, but that won't necessarily stop it from fetching more than its elder.

According to Automotive News, Bertone is already shopping the concept to a car collector in China. While the transaction has yet to be finalized, the number being floated is 2 million euros, or about $2.6 million by today's rates. That's a lotta coin for a rather awkward concept, but Bertone estimates that it sunk about 15,000 hours of manpower into its design and build.

Auto News reports that Bertone transformed the car into a drivable prototype between the Geneva and Beijing shows. Info out of Geneva had the car powered by a mid-rear-mounted 480-hp 4.3-liter Ferrari engine.

Bertone's plan is to show the car at the Concours d'Elegance in Pebble Beach, then sell it to the Chinese collector.

The 1970 Lancia Stratos HF Zero sold at a Bertone concept super-sale by RM Auctions last year. Despite being way more original and interesting than its protégé (in our opinion), it sold for considerably less at $1 million. If I were the Chinese collector, I'd be angling to cut that Nuccio price tag right in half.


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