1958 Ferrari 250 Testa Rossa Diecast Model

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CMC 1958 Ferrari 250 Testa Rossa diecast car
Customer Rating: 10 stars
  • Year: 1958
  • Brand: CMC
  • Make: Ferrari
  • Code: CMC071
  • Model: 250 Testa Rossa
  • Scale: 1:18
  • Color: Red

$12.5 million.

That’s the ballistic record price someone paid in May 2009 for a sleek, black, Ferrari 250 Testa Rossa in racing trim. Guess classic styling doesn’t get impacted by a recession. The color was ironic given the name (literally “red head”). Yet in the case of this beautiful machine, maybe it more recalls the dynamism of a red head like curvaceous Rita Hayworth who changed her hair color eight times in eight movies.

If you don't have eight figures to invest, CMC has come through: you can own one for much less assuming you can live without the race trim and have $300 or so to invest. The car for you is just as beautiful – just 1/18 the scale. And it’s worth every penny.

Before I get you lost on a twisty back road of impeccably modeled details – let’s just enjoy the view from two feet away. I know that phrase is usually reserved for a well-scaled yet horrifically off-key Motormax models, but in this case the model has a similar fantastical impact on the eye as the BBR 375 Plus. The Scaglietti-designed, ‘pontoon-fender' 250 TR catches the light at all the right angles and the voluptuous swoops and richly applied and polished red paint delivered by CMC give the model a very sculptured appearance.

In terms of the detail, there’s much to love and a few things to ponder. What do I love? Let’s start in an unusual place: the cockpit. Don’t you dig the black racing seats with contrasting snow white piping? How about the realistic steering wheel, readable lensed and beveled gauges, the rugged shifter and pedals? Look even more closely to see my very favorite feature on the whole car: the colored, electronic wire bundle intersecting the relay board running just underneath the dash.

Now, some things to ponder starting with the hood hold down straps that seem over-scaled, yet in all fairness are better engineered than the BBR 375). The chrome frame of the otherwise solid windscreen is Monogram model shiny which over-accentuates the rivets making them appear just out of scale when they are probably near dead on. The abstracted Scaglietti badge is intrusive and while I appreciate the lensing of the headlights, the bolting is garish. The boot lid isn’t able to stay up on its own, but a prop is provided though nestled in an unexpected place: hiding in plain sight under the deck lid.

Because there were only 22 of these beauties ever made, and because this particular one is not ascribed to be a specific chassis (documentation enclosed with the sample indicates this is the 1957-1961 racing spider version – thanks for nailing that down) one could go after any number of details as not optimal but I guess I’m not Tifosi enough to go to that level. For those that go after detail in a pernicious manner – this might not be the model for you and you might want to wait on the sidelines for a more specific or liveried version.

For those of us that find the shape plenty dreamy there’s more than enough clockwork in the 1,638 parts included to drool over for a few years. The Borrani wheels featuring aluminum rims have spokes with individual nipples that are hand-threaded exquisitely: the knock-offs work to reveal (what was by then old technology) drum brakes, ingeniously kept cool due to the pontoon fender design.

And then there’s the Twelve Cylinder V 12 DOCH engine with it’s six Weber DCN carbs that contains the Testa Rossa namesake: the crackly red painted valve covers. [So I guess Rita Hayworth wasn’t directly involved here].Open the rear hatch to view the stainless steel fuel cell (with working cap) that feeds the monster.

The supporting undercarriage continues the wonderment, with copper wiring, articulated suspension and brakes. And on this entire model, I’d like to thank CMC for eliminating two of their curious traditions, the “giant set screw” and over-polished hidden finishes. See, on every CMC model to date that I’m aware of, there are exposed brass or metal screws that, if you blew the model up to real scale, would take some sort of giant screwdriver to unhinge. There’s also usually a fuel tank that’s brilliantly chromed and other hidden parts and pieces finished in a more noble manner than history would suggest would be the case. Both of these idiosyncrasies have been excused as "old world hand craftsmanship” but here I don’t miss it at all – any screws are well cloaked and the machinery looks appropriately rugged.

So what we have here is a fabulous model of heirloom, if not museum, quality of an iconic Ferrari that in many ways represents a leap forward for CMC. I personally can’t wait for the Le Mans version, but then again I’ve been waiting for CMC to do a racing Bugatti T35 for years and that’s still a project on the shelf for them, so wait at your own peril.

Whether holding a magnifying glass or backed up two feet away, all I can say is “Bravo!’.

-Rusty Hurley

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