Ultra-Rare Maserati MC12 Versione Corse Race Car Appears For Sale

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Only 12 were ever built, which means you're guaranteed to spend a fortune on acquiring one.

Few cars stir emotion quite like a Maserati, and the MC12, the predecessor to the brilliant MC20, easily is one of the most collectible. This 2006 Maserati MC12 Versione Corse, on auction through Bonhams, might be one of the most exclusive Maserati cars around as it is one of only 12 ever built (serial number 003) for the public, with an additional prototype also seeing completion. We've previously seen "regular" MC12 supercars sell for scandalous sums, sometimes as high as $1.6 million, which means this rare and exclusive model should easily sail past that figure. What sets the Maserati MC12 Corse apart from the regular MC12 is its pure focus on track racing. This car was based on the MC12 GT1 race car, and the motorsport blood can clearly be seen and felt, from its wild aesthetics to its sparse cabin.

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The Maserati MC12 Corse was developed in 2006 for private customers looking for serious track thrills and was based on the MC12 GT1 racing car that won the 2005 FIA GT world endurance championship. Considered by Maserati fans to be the ultimate form of Maserati performance motoring, it's not road-legal. A naturally-aspirated 6.0-liter V12 engine churns out a massive 744 horsepower at 8,000 rpm, and with a curb weight of only 2,500 pounds, this Maserati will get to 124 mph in a scant 6.4 seconds. Power is sent to the rear wheels via a six-speed paddle-operated sequential gearbox. Since the Corse's introduction, at least three cars have been converted for road-going purposes, making this one scarce car.

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This example has covered only 123 miles since it first came to life and has never been driven by its current owner. Having spent its life in private collections, the car remains in impeccable condition and includes its original crate of accessories.

Finished in trademark Blue Victory paint, the similarly colored cabin looks all the more coherent. Speaking of the cabin, a plaque on the center console is enhanced with the inscription Maserati MC12 Commemorates the victory at its maiden long-distance race, the 24 Hours of Spa, a first in racing history. This example was recently inspected by Ferrari Ontario and had its fuel pump replaced, at which time the experts noted that the car was in "fine cosmetic condition." Expect this car to sail past the $2 million mark when it goes up for auction at the Scottsdale auction on 27 January 2023.

As Maserati starts to pivot towards electrification, racers like this one will become all the more rare. If you have the means, we'd recommend acting soon.

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