I finally got the chance to obtain a CMC Ferrari for a somewhat affordable price. In the model car world, CMC is well known for being the epitome of scaled models for featuring every meticulous detail one can ever dream of. The Ferrari 250 SWB California is definitely no less. A quick search on any model car sites, you’d find that the model goes for anywhere between $400-700 depending on the color. However, I got real lucky with this particular purchase because I got it for a measly sum in comparison at $189.99. Although that is still well beyond most of our price point, I have got to say, it has changed the way I view 1:18s all together.
The infamous California SWB was a model designed for the North America market that was based upon the previous 250 LWB. The curves of the 250 Spyder was something every kid in the 60’s has dreamt of. Similar to how most of us had a poster of a F40 or F50 on their wall as a child, the 250 was a car unlike any other of its era. The curvaceous body was rumored to be designed by the great Sergio Pininfarina, who was responsible for cars such as the Ferrari F40 and Ferrari P4/5.
CMC took the liberty to replicate the classic with meticulous detail. The model itself features 1,634 single parts with each component being true to scale. CMC released four colors – Red, blue, black, and silver. All four colors are limited to 2,500 pieces. With that being said, the value of these will only go up when considering diecast models will very soon be phased out in favor of composite (“plastic”) models. Yes I’m talking about you AutoArt....shame
The silver looks absolutely stunning under the light, allowing every curve to shine through and show off its beautifully crafted body. All the tiny details are faithfully represented, staying true to its form. With every color of CMC’s 250 California, you are provided with a roof rack as well as a metal roof which itself is rarely seen on a 1:18.
The roof rack provided with the model is pretty well made. However, mine came with a little defect where the stand is a bit wobbly and does not balance out on both sides. The craftsmanship of the roof rack does not bother me much since it’s obviously there only to support the roof, which I still need to figure out how to assemble onto the model. The roof is kept in place with a spring on both sides, but I don’t want to risk breaking it, so for the meanwhile, it will stay on the rack and not the model itself.
Because the model will serve as the centerpiece for my 1:18 collection alongside the AutoArt Zonda Revoluccion, I have since bought two separate display cases to present them more properly. With that said, I have chose to leave all the panels open because who would keep all the heavenly details hidden?
The underside of this model is the most impressive I’ve ever seen on any 1:18s mainly because most AutoArts Signatures do not feature much detail on their underbodies. The engine details are as great as always featuring pleasant views of the transmission, front and rear axles, as well as real copper wiring extending all the way to the rear.
Having now owned and inspected a CMC, I can honestly say nothing can compete in terms of level of quality. The initial thought of a model with an msrp of ~$450 is quite insane...but when looking at all the details CMC was able to cram into a model the size of your two palms, it’s breathtaking to say the least. For those looking into obtaining a CMC Ferrari, I would highly recommend this to anyone along with the 250 GT SWB Competizione and/or 250 Testarossa Le Mans since both are currently on sale at Replicarz.com
Now I have purposely separated the reviews on this model into portions because there are simply too many details to cover in one single post. In fact, just the interior or engine should basically cover one post each, haha. If it’s the meticulous details you’re looking for, stay tuned for my next review coming soon!
Until next time, LaLD. Cheers!
Please stare at the beautiful V12 of the LaF for the meanwhile.