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Hot Wheels Elite 250 GT Berlinetta SWB

Hot Wheels Elite 250 GT Berlinetta SWB

As the result of one of Hot Wheels Elite’s latest in-house tools, these Ferrari 250 GT Berlinetta SWBs are going to make a lot of Ferraristas happy – and leave them enough scratch for a year’s supply of sfogliatelle in the process. The 250 GT Berlinetta “Passo Corto” was introduced in 1959, and could be bought as – or be easily converted into – a serious competition machine. With classic Pininfarina styling and vicious performance, it’s a “holy grail” car among Ferrari collectors, in all scales. With a shape and stance that read as spot-on, this 1:18 tool looks just right on neat photoetch spoke wheels dusted with satin silver. The shut lines on the opening doors, hood, and trunk are even all around, and the castings and texturing used in the cabin are well done. The paint and applied foil chrome around the windows is slick; open the hood, and the 260-horse V12 (in street trim, here) is beautifully put up, with authentic wiring, appliqué labels, a metal mesh around the oval air cleaner, and pristine paint and assembly. This is HWE’s best Ferrari engine yet, period – and with its photoetch badging, flawless chrome, and absolutely brilliant lensing and presentation, this is quite possibly their best-yet Ferrari model. Cappuccino, anyone? 

Updated: March 12, 2012 — 11:31 AM


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  1. Andy,

    A fair review – but as the best for the price not the best overall. It sits too high on the suspension and is a bit too narrow. Still doesn’t hold a candle to CMC’s version, but price alone will convince most buyers.
    And, say, hasn’t hot Wheels come a long way recently, especially their newly designed models. They really hit the mark in wire wheels, perhaps taking pointers from Kyosho’s 250 GTOs. Also, the 599XX is a steal at less than $70 if you like contemporary Ferraris.

    Keep up the good work!

    1. Thanks, Maurice! And we agree… though there are more detailed (and commensurately more expensive) models of this subject on the market, this one seems to represent Mattel’s huge improvement as a provider of very nice models at an affordable price. And we love those wheels, too; Hot Wheels Elite is using some very advanced techniques to make their products all the more attractive. Thanks for reading DCX!

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