Rare limited-edition Maserati MC12 up for auction

An ultra-rare Maserati MC12 is set to go under the hammer in Paris tomorrow,, and could fetch as much as £2.2m.

The hypercar is just one of 50 examples of the MC12 produced.

Rare limited-edition Maserati MC12 up for auction
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Rare limited-edition Maserati MC12 up for auction

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RM Sotheby's is auctioning it off tomorrow in Paris at its Retromobile sale. Remarkably it is being offered without reserve, although is expected to fetch between €2-€2.5m (£1.78-£2.23m).

The MC12 has the same underpinnings as the incredible Ferrari Enzo, the car that the Italian brand deemed worthy enough to possess its founder's name.

That said, the two cars are quite different underneath, with the MC12 featuring different engine mapping and dampers, and other under-the-skin changes.

As much as it was a road car, though, it was also an accomplished track performer. The MC12 Corsa would prove a formidable contender in races in the FIA's GT and GT1 World Championship Series.

This particular car was one of the first MC12's delivered in 2005 to an Italian businessman. After a brief stint with another Italian owner, it moved to Germany in 2010 where it has resided since.

It has covered 7,767 miles which might not seem a lot, but it is actually quite a considerable mileage for a car as rare and valuable as this, although RM Sotheby's says 1,900 miles, in seven years, is "regular use".

The condition remains fully original, other than the aftermarket reversing camera fitted to help with manoeuvres.

Other star lots at the auction include a Bugatti Chiron, a prototype Bugatti EB 110 Supersport, a McLaren P1 and an ISO Grifo owned by the late French rock and roll singer Johnny Hallyday.

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