If you were a (very) rich person with a penchant for Italian V12s in the mid-'00s, you may have had a tough decision to make. There was of course the Ferrari Enzo, named for the Italian brand’s legendary founder, with the car living up to the title - with its underpinnings also taking on a separate life in Maserati MC12. Now, if you’ve got a cool £10m to hand, you don’t need to make a choice.
Set to be sold as a duo, delivery mileage examples of both of these early hypercars are coming up for sale through UK dealer Romans International.
Both cars are powered by a 6.0-litre, naturally-aspirated F140B V12. In the Enzo, it was good for 650bhp - though detuned slightly to 620bhp in the MC12. Of course, Ferrari couldn’t allow itself to be outdone.
Although very similar in DNA, the two took a slightly different approach to the hypercar formula. The Enzo was to showcase the ultimate Ferrari could offer at the time, being the most technologically advanced thing it made shy of the F2002 Formula One car. With a 217mph top speed and 3.1 second 0-62mph time, it filled its brief - though remained a (sort-of) usable road car.
Meanwhile, the Maserati MC12 was built especially to go racing. It was larger than the Enzo in every dimension, with its lengthened body, particularly distinctive, and made no attempts at being useable as a daily driver. It existed purely to homologate itself for the FIA GT Championship - with just 50 produced.
It makes the Enzo look common at 399 examples in existence (with an additional unit made especially for The Pope), though values of both have risen astronomically in recent years.
There’s no choice to separate this 2004 Enzo and 2005 MC12 if you want to add either to your garage - not that we’d want to. We’re just a little sad neither has been driven to their full potential…