Ferrari of Newport Beach

Getting hold of a Maserati MC12 is tricky business – only 50 were ever made for a start - and those lucky enough to own one are unlikely to slap it on Auto Trader any time soon.

But bizarrely, getting hold of the only black Maserati MC12 ever made is slightly easier thanks to it being offered to some extremely wealthy aficionado by Ferrari of Newport Beach in California.

Just to recap, the MC12 was designed by Giorgetto Giugiaro and Frank Stephenson – the chaps responsible for the DeLorean DMC-12 and the Ferrari F430 – and ran on the same chassis and drivetrain as the awe-inspiring Ferrari Enzo.

In fact, Ferrari of Newport Beach describes the impressive MC12 as the "refine and updated Ferrari Enzo in a Maserati Black Tie Tuxedo! (sic)".

By that, the dealership is referring to the fact the Maser' boasts the same potent 6.0-litre V12 as the almighty Enzo – producing 625bhp – but its jet-black exterior, wider stance and removable panel roof offers a certain 'je ne sais quoi' that the Fezza fails to possess (cue avalanche of comments from Enzo fans).

The vehicle in question has just 1,322 miles on the clock and, as previously mentioned, is the only model to ditch the white and blue colour scheme of all 49 other models and opt for a 'Batman-black' hue instead.

Ironically, the Maserati MC12 offered by the California dealership is not legal to drive in the Golden State as it doesn't comply with Environment Protection Agency and Department of Transport legislation. It can, however, be driven in 49 other states.

There is no word on price but considering the seductive model cost £412,000 new, you can expect it will be eye-wateringly expensive.

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