Hot Wheels Elite 250 GT Berlinetta SWB

Mar 12, 2012 2 Comments by

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? 

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I have been a car guy since my early teens. From managing a performance center on Long Island NY to being a partner of the world’s largest traveling global car show series; my career path has taken me on an exciting journey. I have consulted for MTV, McDonalds, Turtle Wax, Dodge and other high profile companies and have been published in multiple automotive journals. Alpha Penguin Publishing recruited me to co-author “The Complete Idiots Guide to Customizing Your Ride” for which one of my cars graces the cover. My diecast addiction began about 12 years back. My girlfriend at the time knew I was saving for a Mustang Cobra. She thought it would be humorous and purchased a diecast version to hold me over for a while. What was an initial joke struck a chord because I was fascinated with how Hot Wheels could make such a cool replica for a buck. The next time we went shopping I stopped in the toy aisle and ended up purchasing additional Hot Wheels and a few Jada vehicles. Well you all know the story from here; one shelf led to a book case. The book case quickly became an apartment filled with hundreds of HotWheels, Jada and other 1:64th scale replicas. Next came my introduction to 1:24th and 1:18th scale die cast and twelve years later I am the proud owner of a collection that is displayed in a 2000sq foot facility with a current count of over 12 thousand unique pieces. My then girlfriend, now wife, has a lot of patience for my hobby and my two little girls enjoy it with us too. Today I find myself fascinated with all scales and all models of customized vehicles. From tuners to rat rods, lead sleds to pro street drag. I do have an appreciation for the well delivered OEM vehicles as well. Most of all I enjoy the hunt to complete a set or series of vehicles. I look forward to being a part of DieCast X Magazine and helping to strengthen, grow and deliver our hobby to people who do not know how rewarding it is to an individual and a family.

2 Responses to “Hot Wheels Elite 250 GT Berlinetta SWB”

  1. Maurice Doll says:


    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!

    • Joe Kelly Jr. says:

      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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