Maserati road cars hold a unique appeal, and there is no doubt the Quattroporte and GranTurismo are truly desirable and rare. However there is one Trident-badged car that can eclipse them both: even more desirable, and far rarer, is the MC12 road-going supercar. Only fifty examples were built, so catching a glimpse of one of these 6-liter V12-engined monsters could be a once-in-a-lifetime experience.
The most exclusive variant is the MC12 Corse, limited to a bespoke production of just twelve cars. Designed solely for track use, the MC12 Corse made great use of the technology found in the MC12 racer currently defending its FIA GT Championship title. The Engine Low Compression Output was a stratospheric 756 bhp, while creature comforts in the cockpit were stripped out, resulting in a car which weighed just 2,646 lbs – with a power-to-weight ratio of 570 horsepower per ton!
And yet, even in the world of the ultra-rare, there is always something which is yet more exclusive. For one customer, owning an MC12 Corse which could be used on the track wasn’t quite enough – so the car was modified to make it street-legal. The work – undertaken by a third party, with no connection to Maserati – was extensive, including fitting interior trim to the cockpit, the installation of a handbrake and such niceties as a windscreen demister. The car was even fitted with electrically adjustable ride-height, allowing the car to be raised for road use and lowered for the track.
This unique car – the very first of the twelve MC 12 Corse cars built – recently came up for auction at the Coys ‘Leggenda e Passione’ event held in Monaco. How do you value such a one-off car? Would it be more desirable than a ‘standard’ MC12, or would its convoluted creation make bidders wary? The answer, most emphatically, was the former. The car was eventually sold for a remarkable $2.2 million, making it one of the most expensive Maseratis ever sold. We expect it is worth every penny.