The Ferrari Enzo and Maserati MC12 Are More Coveted than Ever. Now ‘Undriven’ Examples Are up for Grabs
As both models share the same chassis and drivetrain, these low-mileage examples are being offered as a pair by Romans International.
For any serious car collector, scoring a delivery-mileage Ferrari Enzo is like hitting the automotive jackpot. What trumps that, though, is doubling down on a matching pair. A dual offering from Romans International is the chance to do just that . . . well, almost. The UK-based dealership has just listed for sale an Enzo that’s been driven only 228 kms since new, as well as a Maserati MC12 with just 333 kms on the odometer.
In a sense, Maserati’s iconic MC12 can be thought of as the Enzo’s sibling. Both supercars share the same chassis and drivetrain—and in fact, the MC12 is actually the rarer model, since only 50 road-going examples ever left the factory. Starting in 2002, Ferrari built 400 examples of the Enzo, and notable owners have included Formula 1 champion Michael Schumacher, Eric Clapton, and even Pope John Paul II.
At a closer glance, shared lines between the two perfectly typify the emerging supercar style of the early 2000s, when aggressively angular designs gave way to more flowing aerodynamic forms. This was before the Veyron’s stupendous power and sheer bulk entered the market in 2005, remember. Under the skin, the Enzo and MC12 share a 6.0-liter V-12 engine—dubbed F140B in factory nomenclature—rated at 651 hp on the way to an 8,200 rpm redline, with 485 ft lbs of torque available at 5,500 rpm. A Formula 1–style automated transmission routs that power to the rear wheels only, controlled via column-mounted paddle shifters and allowing for a claimed zero-to-60 mph time of 3.1 seconds.
Other Enzo highlights include onboard pushrod suspension, Ferrari’s first-ever use of carbon-ceramic brakes on a road car, and active aerodynamics that combine to produce 1,709 pounds of downforce at 186 mph. As for top speed, try 221 mph.
Maserati, meanwhile, unveiled the MC12 at the Geneva Motor Show in 2004, the year Ferrari stopped building the Enzo. Only 25 examples left the factory that year as an effort to homologate racers entered in the FIA’s GT Championship, the first Maserati competition effort in 37 years. In 2005, Maserati took home the FIA GT Manufacturers Cup and subsequently built another 25 examples of the car.
Today, the Enzo and MC12 both command serious premiums from collectors worldwide. An Enzo started at $659,000 when new ($1,127,000 in today’s dollars when adjusted for inflation). Hagerty’s current price guide places an Enzo in excellent condition at around $4.1 million, with a concours-worthy example at around $4.8 million. The MC12’s rarity makes values harder to estimate, though an MC12 Corsa sold for $3.8 million earlier this year at the Scottsdale auctions.
The specific Enzo listed by Romans International is a Classiche-certified car from the 2004 model year and wears classic Rosso Corsa on the exterior. The cockpit is defined by tan Cuoio leather accented by plenty of carbon-fibre and brushed-aluminum trim. A 228-km Enzo crossed the auction block as part of a “Sotheby’s Sealed” auction in March of this year. The final bid for that car is not public, but the example featured a one-of-nine Argento Nürburgring shade of silver exterior paint. Whether true Tifosi might happily trade that level of exclusivity for Ferrari’s iconic red remains a question that perhaps the Romans International car can answer.
The 2005 Maserati MC12 on offer comes out of the same collection as the Enzo on hand, and is finished in Bianco Fuji over blue leather. Surprisingly, despite having a prominent roof-scoop, the car is actually a convertible with a removable hardtop, and its low-slung nose, side intakes, and roofline all clearly helped to inspire Maserati’s modern MC20 supercar design. This specific example also received a recent recommission by the Maserati factory, and of course, comes with all its original documentation.
If they were sold separately, each of these stunning early supercars would command well into seven figures. But Romans International has listed them at the same time as a matching pair. The chances that anyone will buy both and turn these museum pieces into daily drivers, or even weekend cruisers, seems low. Instead, given that each have appreciated exponentially in the past five years, investors will no doubt covet the opportunity to own one of each in as-delivered condition. Expect a combined sale to creep up into the eight-figure range, given the potential opportunity to park these two pristine, iconic Italian siblings right next to each other as they cap off any world-class collection.
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