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Bertone Mantide - Click above for a high-res image gallery

It's become a recent tradition for a coachbuilt car to be shown at the Gooding auction tent on Friday evening (previous years we got a look at the Pininfarina P4/5 and the Pininfarina Hyperion), and this year we were treated to the ZR1-based Bertone Mantide. The car's owner, Dan Watkins, actually drove the car from New York to Monterey for the unveiling and was on hand along with designer Jason Castriota to introduce the one-off car.

Our sources tells us that Jay Leno is next in line to purchase a Mantide, possibly followed by JK Jamiroquai, both of whom showed particular interest in the car at the Goodwood Festival of Speed. In addition to the new live photos from the unveiling last night, we've also included a new video featuring Watkins at Goodwood talking about the Mantide after the jump.

Photos copyright ©2009 Drew Phillips / Weblogs, Inc.

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      • 5 Years Ago
      I think the designers came up with this after 2-3 hours of Transformers, M.A.S.K., and G.I.Joe and several cases of Stolichnaya. Just kidding... it wasn't G.I.Joe... it was Jem.
      • 5 Years Ago
      His name isn't JK Jamiroquai. It's Jay Kay from the band Jamiroquai.
      • 5 Years Ago
      still the ugliest car i have ever seen,FAIL
      • 5 Years Ago
      I have to say, the rear looks awesome... But that's about it... What were they thinking with the wheels? Looks like something out of mid 80's...
      • 5 Years Ago
      If a ZR-1 rolled off into the Grand Canyon, when they pull it out, this car is exactly what it would look like.
      • 5 Years Ago
      this car is so freakin ugly.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I think its cool. What happened to all those out there styling exercise cars like the Bertone Carabo? They are just out there designs that helped influence styling for cars in the future.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Agreed, I really like this car :)
      • 5 Years Ago
      Is it April 1st already?
      • 5 Years Ago
      I kinda like it... especially the interior. And since it's basically a ZR1, should drive amazing.
      • 5 Years Ago
      This car has ELEMENTS of beauty in it... but putting it all together makes it an abomination.
      • 5 Years Ago
      since this car's exterior was designed by an italian would this be considered meatballed up?
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