Design icon Nuccio Bertone may have died in 1997, but his legacy will be on the floor of the Geneva Motor Show next month. The Italian styling house that bears his name will present a new concept car that will also bear his name.
According to Bertone, the new Nuccio concept celebratesthe company’s 100th anniversary, a hallmark few expected the firm to achieve following years of fiscal tribulations. Nuccio Bertone was the son of Giovanni Bertone, the founder of iconic design house Carrozeria Bertone. After Nuccio took over the business in 1950 and before his death in the late 1990′s, Nuccio and his company created such iconic designs as the Lamborghini Miura and Countach, the Lancia Stratos, and the Fiat X1/9.
According to Bertone’s official press release, the Nuccio continues the company’s tradition of making low, one-box sporty cars, and the car’s silhouette would certainly be familiar to fans of, say, the Stratos Zero Concept.
The Nuccio’s standout feature is its orange roof: the orange paint extends from the steeply raked A-pillars, back to the buttress-like B-pillars and near-horizontal C-pillars, which wrap into the roof panel. The car has a pair of wraparound lights: both the headlights and taillightsspan the entire width of the car.
Much like the 1970 Stratos Zero concept, the Nuccio sits low; its flared wheel arches providing stark contrast to the car’s creased doors panels. The car’s rear-mid-engine layout pushes the cabin a bit forward, also allowing the designers to extend the windshield nearly the length of the front hood.
At this point, there’s little else to report on the Nuccio’s mechanicals (no details are provided, and there’s a good chance this could merely remain a stationary mock-up). Regardless, it’s great to see Bertone take strides to return to its former glory.