Going once, going twice…sold! Bertone considers selling Nuccio concept for $2.7M to collector

Going once, going twice...sold! Bertone considers selling Nuccio concept for $2.7M to collector

While the overwhelming majority of us will simply have to make do with driving the Bertone Nuccio concept in our dreams, it looks like at least one person won’t have to. Recently, at the Beijing Motor Show, the famous Italian automotive engineering and design firm were on hand to show off their impressive concept where Automotive News reports that the company is currently considering selling the one-off concept to an avid (read: wealthy) Chinese car collector.

“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 show last week.

According to Bertone, the whole Nuccio process took an estimated 15,000 hours to complete from design to build. To make up for that that time and cost, Fillippa has earmarked the asking price for the Nuccio at a hefty €2 million Euros (roughly $2.7 million).

The Nuccio — which was unveiled earlier this year at the 2012 Geneva Motor Show and named in honor of Guiseppe “Nuccio” Bertone, son of the Bertone founder Giovanni — marks the celebration of the Italian styling house’s 100th anniversary. Nuccio was at the helm of Bertone from 1950 up until his death in 1997 and ran the company during some of its most successful and influential years in the automotive industry.

While the Nuccio takes design inspiration from more than few of Bertone’s most prolific models, according to Bertone design boss Mark Robinson, the main source of inspiration derives from the 1970 Lancia Stratos Zero concept, which Michael Jackson fans may remember made an appearance in the 1988 film, Moonwalker.

Whereas most concepts are simple design studies meant to highlight what an automaker can achieve, the Nuccio is different in that is an actual road-worthy, fully-functioning car. Underneath its surface sits a Ferrari F430 4.3-liter V8 that is capable of producing 480 horsepower. Not bad considering most concepts generally have no engine at all.

It would seem that if you got the green then you got your machine, because a certain Chinese collector was so smitten with the Nuccio that he just had to have it, and is in talks with the Italian design house to purchase the Nuccio outright. If the deal goes through he won’t get it right away, though. Instead the Nuccio won’t be available until after August where it is scheduled to make an appearance at Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance, in Monterrey, California.

Product Review

‘Let’s Go Pikachu’ and ‘Let’s Go Eevee’ feel like true ‘Pokémon Go’ RPGs

Pokémon: Let’s Go’s simplified reimagining of Pokémon Yellow has a great balance of old and new mechanics. It has a streamlined approach that makes it easy to get into, but depth remains for longtime fans.
Computing

Microsoft drops Surface Go price to $350 for Black Friday week

The Microsoft Surface Go convertible tablet has seen a large price drop this Black Friday sales season, lowering the base model to $350 and even the upgraded ones have seen $50 knocked off of their asking price.
Digital Trends Live

Indiegogo’s CEO on how crowdfunding is going beyond fundraising

David Mandelbrot, CEO of Indiegogo, joins us on DT Daily to talk about how Indiegogo is changing its crowdfunding business to offer support and resources, which in turn would lead to more successful campaigns.
Cars

The DBX SUV will go where no Aston Martin has gone before

When it launches in 2019, the Aston Martin DBX will be the British automaker's first SUV. In the meantime, camouflaged DBX prototypes will undergo strenuous testing around the world.
Cars

Jaguar’s V2X technology will keep you from getting stuck at red lights

Jaguar wants to make sure you never have to rush through a yellow light again. The carmaker is building tools that will tell you what speed you'll need to drive to avoid getting stuck at a red light.
Cars

Drool over Lamborghini’s latest dream machine: The one-off SC18

The Lamborghini SC18 was built by the automaker's Squadra Corse racing department at the request of a customer. Based on the Lamborghini Aventador, it features upgraded aerodynamic aids and reduced weight.
Product Review

While other crossovers dabble in dirt, Toyota's truck-like RAV4 doubles down

The 2019 Toyota RAV4 gets a clean-sheet redesign, ditching the previous generation’s car-like styling for truck-like toughness. Toyota’s compact crossover also gets more tech and new powertrains.
Cars

Nissan chairman Carlos Ghosn ousted, arrested after whistleblower cries foul

Nissan will oust chairman Carlos Ghosn after an internal investigation revealed he underreported his salary to Japan's financial authorities for years. Greg Kelly, one of Nissan's representative directors, will leave for the same reason.
Cars

Tesla owners will soon be able to summon a repair van in a few taps

Tesla CEO Elon Musk tweeted out plans to expand the Tesla mobile app so Tesla owners can request on-demand service for common problems from Tesla Ranger mobile service vehicles in just a few taps.
Cars

2019 Crosstrek Hybrid has something no Subaru has ever had

The 2019 Subaru Crosstrek Hybrid is the Japanese automaker's first production plug-in hybrid vehicle. It will go on sale before the end of the year. Subaru relied on plug-in hybrid tech from Toyota to make the Crosstrek Hybrid a reality.
Digital Trends Live

Digital Trends Live: Nissan turmoil, product designer Jae Yoo of Nerf, and more

For today's episode of Digital Trends Live, we turn our attention to the L.A. Auto Show and Lamborghini's race-ready version of the Urus. We also speak with Jae Yoo of Nerf and MLS defender Zarek Valentin about their origins, modern tech…
Cars

Mini’s most extreme hot hatchback will hit the streets in 2020

The Mini John Cooper Works GP concept first seen at the 2017 Frankfurt Motor Show will go into production in 2020, Mini has confirmed. The John Cooper Works GP is the ultimate performance version of the basic Mini Cooper.
Cars

Jaguar can take the next F-Type in one of two completely different directions

Jaguar needs to decide what the future has in store for the F-Type. Its options include turning the next-generation model into an electric car aimed at the Tesla Roadster or pelting it into the ring with a twin-turbocharged V8 from BMW.
Product Review

A Mercedes so sophisticated, it connects to your watch to plan your massage

The mid-size luxury SUV segment is a must-win competition, and the 2020 Mercedes-Benz GLE is the newest contender. With active suspension, driver assist, and even a connection to your watch, this is more than an SUV, it’s a mobile device.