It’s time for Car Week! The castings have been selected, the photos have been taken, and the posts have been written and scheduled. Well, for me at least. Now it’s time to start releasing those posts and vote! Good luck to everyone involved and surely we will all win this week as we get to see some fantastic diecast and photography!

This is the Hot Wheels Ferrari 288 GTO, faithfully recreated in 1/18 scale. And it is, of course, red. This probably isn’t the first Ferrari you’ve seen today and it probably won’t be the last.

This casting was released right around the turn of the century with a slew of other Hot Wheels Ferraris in both 1/18 and 3" scale. I believe this casting pre-dated the exclusive Ferrari/Hot Wheels deal as Matchbox would continue to release Ferraris for a few more years, but for whatever reason 1999 and 2000 were the years Mattel really ramped up the Hot Wheels Ferrari releases. Since then, Hot Wheels has done an Elite version of the 288. Alas, this is the normal one. However, nearing 20 years old, I think it still holds up.

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I actually acquired this one in a trade years after it was released. I was fortuante enough to find one of the early Greenlight Green Machine chase cars way back in 2006 (Muscle Car Garage Coronet, if anyone’s wondering) and was able to trade it for this one shortly after. I think I did pretty well with that one.

I’ve always thought the gold exhaust tips were neat. Not sure they’re acurate, but they look pretty good.

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This one has the standard opening features for the time- both doors, frunk, and engine cover. Detail behind the panels is pretty good. Nothing like a modern AutoArt or TSM, but nice enough and defintiely passable.

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They even did the spare tire in the frunk!

And the turbos are easy to see in the engine bay.

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Interiors are hard to shoot in direct sunlight, but I did my best. That gated shifter!

Finally, some glamour shots. Here’s to an excellent Car Week!

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