Along Came a Spyder: Hot Wheels Elite’s 1:43 458 Italia

Mar 25, 2013 No Comments by

Hot Wheels Elite 2012 Ferrari 458 Italia Spyder  1:43 | $44.99 

Ferrari needed two years to develop a topless version of their 458 Italia, but fortunately for those of us who can’t afford a copy of the $257,000.00 car (magnificent though it may be), Hot Wheels Elite has created this beautifully made diecast model in less time and for a lot less money. Right up front: this one is a beauty; every curve of the sensuous body is just right and the pearlescent white paint is literally perfect. It’s not in Ferrari literature, but for a quarter-mil, we’d bet you can have any color you want. Nameplates, tiny top latches, door lock cylinders, and even the microscopic “Pininfarina” scripts are photo-etched, while the traditional Ferrari badges are perfectly printed. The multitude of scoops and vents either have black mesh inserts or are hot-printed black, and the multi-LED headlights are especially well done. Inside, the accurate red upholstery has a leather-like luster with tiny prancing horses on the headrests, multi-color switch panels on the armrests and consoles, shift paddles on the wheel, aluminum-look pedals, and a fully detailed dash, though photos show the tach face should be yellow instead of red. The carbon-ceramic discs behind the authentic wheels look just right, tool. Every dimension is within 0.02 of absolute perfection – which makes this HWE Italia Spyder a beautiful bargain.  – Wayne Moyer

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I was always crazy about toy cars and car-themed play sets, but I got hooked on car models when my cousin sent me a pair of built-up AMT kits - a '61 Continental and a '57 Thunderbird. I was six or seven years old when another cousin - Carl - showed me how to build and paint, and by the time I was nine, I had a pretty good collection and a great "spares box" on hand. The original Auto World catalogs were my dream books; my allowance was spent before it was ever earned, and I knew every hobby store and model retailer on Long Island. Then came slot cars, Cox .049-engined Baja Buggies and airplanes, and, ultimately, the real things. I still have some of those old models, and when time allows, I still build or detail scale cars. But it's the ready-to-display replicas and scale racing models that have really had me jazzed for the past fifteen years or so. The "mint" diecasts and the 1:18 American Muscle cars that I cut my serious collecting (and writing) teeth on back then led straight to the current crop of offerings from high-end makers and models in every scale. I also love scale model photography, and shooting, scoring, and producing videos of the models I love. I'm a proud member of the DiecastSpace Diecast Hall of Fame, as well as the Diecast Car Collectors' Club Diecast Scale Model Hall of Fame. I'm also proud to be a part of the Die Cast X Team, and as Editor-in-Chief, I'm looking forward to years of growing the publication and showing new collectors how much fun this hobby can be. And, yeah - I still have that spares box.
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