You've heard of the Enzo Ferrari? That carbon-fiber V12 heartbreaker named for the Italian marque's hallowed progenitor of which only 400 were ever produced?
Well let us acquaint you with the heir to its throne, the Maserati MC12.
Maserati designed and built the car on the chassis of the Enzo, but the final car was lower to the ground and had far less drag. Only 50 models were produced, so the fact that one of them is about to hit the block sans reserve is snowball-in-hell rare.
This November 26th at RM Sotheby’s Duemila Ruote sale, the 2004 steed will go up for auction. And while the MC12 never quite saw the feverish popularity of the Enzo, previous makes have known to sell for $2m on the block. This edition is estimated to go for a cool $1.42m.
Delivered to its first owner in Verona in December 2004, the car has clocked just under 4,000 miles and remains in cherry condition throughout. What's more, prior to sale, the MC12 was sent to Motor Service Srl, the official Ferrari and Maserati dealership in Modena, Italy. So safe to say it’s up to snuff.
It still sports the original engine, a 6.0-liter V12 engine churning out 630 ponies to the rear wheels via a six-speed paddle-shift transmission, and also comes with one pivotal upgrade: a rear view cam has been installed, which very well might come in handy when you're in a rocket without back-window visibility.
Certainly the most significant Maserati produced in the 21st century, it’s radical, rare and on a fast track to becoming a collector’s car on the foreseeable horizon.