This is the Ferrari 330 P4. It’s arguably the best looking Ferrari race car ever built. We probably won’t even need to argue; I think you’d all agree with me.
There’s a reason why Jim Glickenhaus shelled out an additional $3 million to Pininfarina to re-body his $1 million Enzo into something inspired by this car. It’s downright gorgeous. Gold wheels always work with red paint, I don’t care what anyone says, especially rosso corsa.
This car was Ferrari’s response to the legendary GT40. They answered Ford’s 1-2-3 finish at LeMan’s with a 1-2-3 finish at Daytona. Only four P4's were built, but sadly only three remain in existence and they’ve all been converted to roofless spyders. If you ask me (and r32rennsport), the closed coupe looked way better.
This is 1:18 scale model made by Jouef Evolution. They made the 330 with both open and closed cockpits, and they were also available with a side of meatballs. I’ve also seen race-weathered versions too.
On the plus side, you get great looking badges, painted details like the window trim, and “leather” tie down straps. But you can’t have everything. The rear view mirrors lack a reflective material. The high beam and low beam lenses have a visible piece of plastic connecting them. I also think the side vents could have been just a tad deeper to make them look more dramatic.
The doors open, but I don’t have fancy enough camera equipment to get a decent shot of it.
The nose comes off fully with a little bit of convincing. Not a whole lot of detail under there though.
The rear hatch swings upward from the roof hinges or you can remove the lid entirely. That’s really the only way to get a good look at that V12, even though it’s not very detailed. The spare tire is also removable.
No, the grilles under the rear spoiler aren’t perforated. Yes those tail light lenses are a let down. But man, this angle of the car is amazing.
Let’s not even talk about the shut lines. One door isn’t level. The rear hatch doesn’t fully close and the rear tires rub. I can’t complain too much, this is an oooooold model I bought second hand without a box, don’t forget.
I got this one boxless for about $30 off eBay. I’ve seen brand new ones hover around the $80-$100 range, and the closed roof models seem to be more difficult to find.
If you’ve got big money, you can get the plastic fantastic Tecnomodel 330 or once you win the lottery you can get the magnificent GMP. This one will do it for me and my shelf.