The two scissors-style doors flip up on realistic dual hinges and expose the ventilating tunnels that ran through the sides of the car's bodywork with realistic-looking riveting, and on the passenger's side (although no passenger rode along) is a detailed electrical panel.
With the doors up, you easily see the red leather-look interior with detailed blue shoulder harness and photoetched safety clasps. The metal gear shift lever and dash are finely detailed with a minimum of dash gauges, as was standard at the time, plus a three-spoke racing wheel with prancing-horse logo at its center.
Behind the black roll bar is a giant rear bonnet that flips forward to expose the Ferrari's 430-horsepower V-12. The model also includes a giant air scoop that mounts over the exposed spun-metal headers that protrude through the rear cowl. A small pin holds the scoop in place — a plus for keeping it properly located while on display on your desk.
The engine is a work of art, with a series of white exhaust pipes snaking off its sides and exiting out back, just below the cowl. All of the proper wiring and plumbing is in place, along with some early electronics, and much suspension detail is visible. The 312P featured an independent suspension with uneven-length wishbones, coil springs front and rear, along with telescopic shocks and antiroll bars.
There were giant disc brakes too, which can be exposed by loosening the three-winged spinner nuts on each wheel, which are five-spoke design finished in flat racing gold. All of the tires are treaded and feature the Firestone logo.
The car's only markings are the black No. 25 in a white circle on the hood, deck, and doors, plus the Ferrari crest on the nose and sides, just in front of the doors. This is how the car appeared when it rolled off the trailer in Sebring. Sponsor stickers were added later, but this presentation allows its external beauty to shine through.
Other details include tiny brass latches for the brass doors, and twin opening gas caps that expose through the nosepiece. The caps also include clasps to latch them shut. The racer also sports two well-mounted mirrors, one on the nose and the other on the would-be passenger's side door. Headlights are also superb, under clear lenses detailed with four mounting points.
In all, the 312P is another stellar model by CMC that continues its dominance among the higher-end diecast model car makers.
At $400+ this model is not for everyone, just like 1:1 Ferraris. But such detail makes this a fantastic centerpiece in a sports car or Ferrari display. A red Ferrari racer that was driven by Mario — what's not to like?
1969 Ferrari 312P Spyder
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