But what on earth would you do with it?

It was a brave decision by Formula One team McLaren to become a fully-fledged automaker. Its name had already appeared on the iconic, 240 miles-per-hour  (386 kilometers-per-hour) F1, but only 57 of those had been built. This new venture would see McLaren become a mass producer. At least in supercar terms.

McLaren Automotive arrived with a bang when, in 2011, it launched the MP4-12C. It featured a lightweight, carbon fiber chassis tub dubbed Monocell, clever interconnected suspension, and a 3.8-liter, twin-turbo V8 engine producing 600 horsepower (447 kilowatts). It wasn’t perfect, but the handling was superb and the speed astonishing.

Six years of constant development have turned the promising 12C and its Super Series brethren into some of the best supercars on the planet. And yet, it’s really only the details that have changed; the bare bones of the 675LT are pretty much the same as those of the original MP4-12C. McLaren essentially got it right first time, which is a pretty astonishing achievement.

A set of those bare bones has now come up for sale at a dealer in France. Ferrari specialist Charles Pozzi is offering a 12C rolling chassis, with an asking price of a mere €40,900 ($45,600). It seems to be chassis XP13, which was used for display purposes when the MP4-12C was launched. As such, it seems likely the engine, gearbox, and running gear fitted to the chassis are just mock-ups. But the Monocell tub, and front and rear subframes, are the genuine article.

Which begs the question, if you were to buy it, what would you do with it? You could keep it as it is, as a piece of automotive sculpture. It would be much more fun, though, to turn it into a working car - a huge undertaking admittedly, but by no means impossible. I’d turn it into a modern-day CanAm car with a high-power turbo engine. Or put a Ferrari kit car body on it. Just to be obtuse.

Source: Mobile.de; Charles Pozzi

Gallery: McLaren MP4-12C rolling chassis - 2