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This Could Be The World's Most Expensive Corvette ZR1

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And it's now up for grabs.

Any gamer who has played Forza Motorsport 3 probably remembers a rare car called the Bertone Mantide. Along with the Devon GTX (which was based on the Dodge Viper), the Mantide was one of a few vehicles in the game we loved to drive because of its real-life rarity. The Mantide was first revealed back in 2009 as a concept car based on the C6 generation Chevrolet Corvette ZR1.

Bertone is the Italian design house known for penning beautiful cars like the Lamborghini Countach and Miura and the Lancia Stratos. This particular car was the work of designer Jason Gastriota, who also styled the Ferrari 599 GTB, Maserati GranTurismo, and more recently, the upcoming SSC Tuatara. The company originally planned to build 10 examples of the Mantide but only one was reportedly built - and it is now for sale from a dealership called Autosport Designs in New York.

Since the Mantide is based on a ZR1, it is powered by the same 6.2-liter supercharged LS9 V8 producing 638 horsepower and 604 lb-ft of torque going to the rear wheels through a six-speed manual transmission. But because the Bertone-designed body was more aerodynamic than the standard Corvette body, the Mantide was quicker and faster than the stock car. Bertone says the Mantide can hit 60 mph in 3.2 seconds on its way to a top speed of 218 mph.

Autosport Designs says the car is painted Bianco Fuji (Pearl White) with a Charcoal and Red bespoke Alcantara interior. Most of the original photos of the car show it painted red, so the car must have been repainted at some point in its life. The car currently has 10,000 miles showing on the odometer.

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It isn't easy to make a custom interior look drastically different than the car it's based on but the Mantide looks remarkably distinct from a stock Corvette. There are a few giveaways like the climate controls and starter button but Bertone did a wonderful job making the Mantide look unique. All of these custom exterior and interior changes were not cheap and the original asking price of the Mantide was around $2 million. The dealership has not listed a price but we have to assume it will be seven figures.