Needless to give introductions to these two!
There is an interesting backstory to the Matchbox F40 (this particular version). This, along with a Testarossa and a Majorette Autobianchi were my most memorable little diecasts when I was a kid. However the F40 suffered endless abuse in my hands apart from being ‘driven’ around practically every marginally flat surface (loved driving them over little humps because of the ‘suspension’ lol). I tore its spoiler off, cut through the A-pillars, and eventually took its roof out. Still though the car was in ‘running’ condition.
As time passed by I lost the whereabouts of the little friend (a moment of silence for all my little friends who are in the list of disappeared *sob*).
When the hobby got a jump start back in last year, and eBay window shopping became daily routine, I kept an eye out for any decently priced twin of my beloved F40. The moment eventually came, about three months back, from a UK based vendor. He sold off a lot for an excellent price and bam!
The F50 also came along with a fairly large haul for a pretty decent price, again from a UK based eBayer.
It is obvious that a comparison becomes virtually obligatory. The good thing is that both are in identical scale (1:59). The older MBX, F40 (circa 1989), looks better than the F50 (circa 1996) in most aspects: F40 gets separate plastic headies, no such thing on the F50 (shame, since it could have made the F50 look so much better), F40 has suspension, F50 doesn’t, the old style wheels on the F40 look way better than those on the F50 and of course, the taillights look better on the oldie too (maybe due to the fairly misaligned taillight strip on the F50).
The only ‘wobble’ on the F40 is the misaligned right rear wheel, but that is nothing to be of serious concern when you consider the price (the model is practically in mint condition). You cannot ignore the wonderful engine bay of the F40!
That is not to say the F50 is a bad model. It just misses out ever so slightly, next to the brilliant F40. Later versions of the F50 got the headlamps painted and that makes a big difference too. Not to forget that there is always the softer spot for the F40!
Oh and by sheer coincidence, it happens to be the 30th anniversary of the F40! The good ol’ Ferrari celebrated its birthday on the 21st!
Thanks for stopping by! Have a great weekend!