Saturday. Supercars. Scuderia Ferrari. Six-twelve. Sessanta. Super Elite.
For Ferrari’s 60th anniversary, they produced sixty commemorative editions of their luxury grand tourer, the 612 Scaglietti. While the differences are very minor, they include a panoramic glass roof, new wheels, and a unique two-tone paint job in one of two combinations: grey-on-black, and red-on-black.
The former, shown here, is produced in 1/18 scale by Hot Wheels for their Super Elite series. The red-on-black Sessanta is also available as a “regular” Elite. As a huge fan of the classically beautiful Ferrari designs of the mid-2000's (think 599 and F430/430 Scuderia), I’ve been dying to get my hands on a 612. Say what you want about the way it looks, but it’s totally gorgeous in my eyes.
The Sessanta is really the only high-end option as the Scaglietti was never released in the Elite series besides the two China rally editions with their ugly liveries and all. Don’t mean to be an elitist (get it?), but I no longer collect the basic stuff.
In summary, there are three tiers for 1/18 Ferrari’s from Hot Wheels: Foundation, Elite, and Super Elite. What makes a Super Elite so super? Nothing from what I can tell, besides some fancy packaging and more limited production numbers. If you didn’t know by now, HW simply takes the same casting from their entry-level line and adds extra details in the form of photo-etch parts and metal platelets glued onto the body (ex: small vents, interior trim). The painted details are a little more refined, and the interior is improved with carpeting and seatbelts. And of course, those annoying half-rolled-down windows.
For this model, I found the brown plastic texture to be too coarse and grainy - unrealistic for a scaled-down model. Quality also needs a bit shoring up, as the soft exterior paint chips easily (don’t ask) and there are some misaligned pieces throughout the model.
Never a strong suit with Hot Wheels models, the wheels here are a bit too small. This is one of two wheel designs that I’ve seen on the Sessanta and unfortunately, they chose the duller of the two.
The engine bay really isn’t any more detailed than a standard $30 model.
Overall, I love the car and the model, but this Super Elite is clearly not worth the $200+ that they go for on the market if you’re looking from a value standpoint. But through months and months of incessant searching, I managed to land this one for around $150 shipped, and I couldn’t be more stoked to finally have one in the collection. Patience always pays off, people.