• Jul 22, 2009
Bertone Mantide - Click either pic for a high-res image gallery

Following its official unveiling in Shanghai, the Bertone Mantide has begun to make the auto show rounds, beginning with an appearance at the Goodwood Festival of Speed where its designer, Jason Castriota, drove the coachbuilt coupe up Lord March's driveway. The next stop on the Mantide's world tour includes a stint at the Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance in August, where the rebodied Corvette ZR1 will either be shipped or driven to Monterey by the Mantide's owner, a British ex-pat residing in the States.

Although the video after the jump doesn't reveal exactly who purchased the first of ten Mantides (he's a gentleman racer who owns a substantial car collection that includes a McLaren F1, and has raced in the Ferrari F430 Challenge Series), according to our sources, Jay Leno is potentially in the offing to receive the next production model.

Leno, who attended Goodwood earlier this month, spent a considerable amount of time with Castriota during the event and apparently fell in love with the Mantide. According to reports, Leno would be the fourth or fifth client to put an order in for the re-imagined 'Vette, at a reported cost of around $2 million. Thanks to Bradley Farrell from Kinetic Fin for the update.






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      • 5 Years Ago
      2 million dollars for a skin job??? I guess who can put a price tag on art??? talk about a mart up....
      • 5 Years Ago
      why does anybody care about this dumpy piece of crap. Yaaaaaay, 2 million for an ugly ZR1. For that price hopefully you get some of Jason Castriota's D-Bag wardrobe.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I call shenanigans on that that, judging from the rest of the collection, Leno would rather have the ZR1 than this kit car.

      I don't think he owns any ostentatious or flashy cars for the sake of being flashy.
      Carlos
      • 5 Years Ago
      This car is sinfully ugly
        • 5 Years Ago
        @Carlos
        Marketing and PR are wonderful things!

        That's the only way I can understand any success this pig of a design has. It's like the Hasselhoff of kit cars. F-U-G-L-Y!!!!
        • 5 Years Ago
        @Carlos
        lol at AC0, are you for real? I second what you said Carlos
        • 5 Years Ago
        @Carlos
        thank you for posting the obvious before i had to.
        • 5 Years Ago
        @Carlos
        Yeah... i unfortunately made the mistake of giving my opinion to my friend as to how ugly i thought it was. Unfortunately, and a few seconds late, i realised i was indeed standing next to the designer of the car. Awkward.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I wish there were some way that GM could sue Jason Castrated or whatever the hell his name is for defamation of the Corvette brand. He needs to be stopped. How could you show up at Goodwood, park this somewhere in spitting distance of an F420 Scuderia and say, "hey everyone, I'll totally hook you up for two mil."

      Do you guys remember those weird hot-wheels that were always invariably sold in the same bubble-pack as the Countach you really wanted to buy, thereby forcing you to swallow the added cost of some comic-book inspired bowel movement of a pseudo-futuristic car that never did and never will exist? This is one of those cars. Frankly, Mattel should sue is ass, too.
        • 5 Years Ago
        I swear on all that is holy I typed F430 Scuderia. I have no idea what happened. Apologies all around, though.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I love how the music is all elegant and pretty...

      and then you see this hideous status-symbol car that makes you go, mmm... no.
      • 5 Years Ago
      This car, the aforementioned Maclaren F1, and a brace of Ferraris are currently on their way across country. http://bigheaddennis.blogspot.com/
      • 5 Years Ago
      I know its a loser comment, but this car looks like it has Optimus Prime's mouth...
        • 5 Years Ago
        fo sho! I thought the same! it looks horrible!

        I'll save the $1.9 Million to upgrade my ZR1 with rocket launchers, popout batwings and giant scissors
      • 5 Years Ago
      ugliest car i have ever seen,just give me the vette.................
      • 5 Years Ago
      I would not take this car for free.
      I honestly really wouldn't.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Mama always said that just because you can doesn't mean you should.

      Still, it's Leno's money and he can spend it any way he wants. Leno probably owns an Aztec too...who knows, in 40 years the Aztec will be a collector car like the Edsel, just because IT is so ugly that few people bought it.

      Personally, I think the rebodied Corvette just plain fugly.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Whats with the Mr. Potato Head mustache on the front of the car?? Oooof.
        • 5 Years Ago
        i lol'd
        • 5 Years Ago
        :-) Here all week.... every week, in fact. I need a job.
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