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?
Mar 12, 2012 2 Comments