It seems that for every generation at Ferrari, there is a model that goes unloved. For this current crop of Ferrari road cars, that honor goes to the California. While it may not have been what the purists wanted, the entry-level California (is there such a thing for Ferrari?) did go on to be Ferrari’s best selling car, especially for first time Ferrari owners. The California T saw the introduction of Ferrari’s first turbo engine since the F40, and a refreshening of some of the California’s controversial styling elements.
Speaking of unloved, the same could be said of the news that Mattel had lost the exclusive Ferrari license to Maisto. Many feared that this would be the end of collector quality Ferrari models. Were those fears unfounded?
In a word, yes. So far, Maisto has released 2 new models; the LaFerrari and the California T. While there will be a premium line, this model is from the standard Special Edition line. Overall the model is nicely done and is a bit better than the typical Maisto standard, especially in regards to panel gaps and interior texturing. The paint however, is typical Maisto, with a thick application that mutes the cast-in panel gaps. That’s my only real complaint about the model, and it hopefully is a good indication of what to expect from future Maisto Ferrari models.