Maserati MC12 for sale on eBay. Image: Symbolic MotorsEnlarge Photo
Maserati makes some pretty desirable cars, but better still is the option to dip into the Ferrari parts store now and then. That's just what the company did when it needed a race car to compete in international GT racing a few years back, resulting in a Ferrari Enzo-based homologation special: the MC12.
You don't have to pay that much, of course--the seller, Symbolic Motors in La Jolla, is accepting offers. They probably won't accept your '96 Mustang as a trade-in.
Among the MC12's talents are striking looks--clearly based on the Enzo, though smoother and longer to make it more suitable for GT racing--and the Ferrari's 630-horsepower, 481 pounds-feet 6.0-liter V-12 engine.
That power is sent to the rear wheels through a six-speed Cambiocorsa automated manual transmission--at the time, one of the quickest such systems available. Shifts take just 150 milliseconds, aiding a 0-60 sprint of only 3.8 seconds and a 205 mph top speed.
Just 50 cars were produced over the car's one-year production run, and whoever owned this car first has made a tidy little profit. The original owner would have paid in the region of $780,000, so the car's "buy it now" price would have bought a matching pair back in 2004.
Not that we could have afforded one then, either...