It’s none other than the Ferrari Enzo. This one started my diecast collection, and I haven’t looked back since.
I found this at a Ralph’s grocery store, back when I was totally into exotics and before I even started liking imports and tuners. I grew up with diecast cars as a kid and I’ve loved cars since the beginning of time, but at the time, I eschewed toy cars in favor of Lego when it came down to how I spent my hobby money. It was only natural that I became curious when I wandered by the endcap full of circa-2006 Hot Wheels. I quickly spotted this black Enzo and another Ferrari, a silver 575 GTC, and took both of them home. There were other gems present as well. CLK DTM’s, Civic Si’s, co-mold 350Z’s, and the like, if I remember correctly. Those were the good old days, when every release was worth a second look.
I’ve said this before and I’ll say it again. The Enzo is my favorite Ferrari ever and it was my favorite car at the time I got it. That’s why I had to have it. I just didn’t expect that almost ten years later, I would end up with over a thousand of these little cars.
This one’s a little worn, as evidenced by the fading paint on the wheels and the dusty, scratchy surfaces, but it means a lot to me. I’ll give the Enzo the benefit of the doubt and give it the honor of being my first “collector” diecast. After all, I had no idea what a 575 GTC was at the time. It had “Ferrari” next to its name, and that was enough for me. I’ll show that one next time.
Had this Enzo not been there on the pegs that day, who knows what would’ve become of me? Maybe I wouldn’t be here on LaLD today. Or perhaps my wallet would be a lot fatter.