After the chunky and homely 1951 Chevrolet Bel Air Styleline De Luxe station wagon, aka 'Tin Woodie' because the 'wood' on the outside was painted on, it's now time to move on to something more attractive.
Ladies and gents, may I present the Ferrari 250 GT Berlinetta Lusso. I am not the only one to put this in my list of top 10 sexiest automobiles, ever. Discovering the added beauty of the classic 3-litre V12 under the hood is like finding out that Sophia Loren also has a PhD in astrophysics.
This was designed primarily as a road car, with fully trimmed interior and a somewhat detuned V12. This version of the 3-litre has three 2-bbl downdraft carbs where the racers, such as the GTO or SWB, would have had six.
The kit, which is also a stunningly beautiful effort from Model Factory Hiro, has exactly three resin pieces: body shell, floor pan, and dashboard. The resin bits are up to the usual standard with styrene-like finish and very little in the way of flash, pores, sinkholes or other flaws. Most of the rest is spun-cast white metal, with huge amounts of detail.
And unlike my nemesis, the Porsche 908/03 (also from MFH), this has no space frame components made from easily bent spun-cast white metal, so it should go together relatively well. Stay tuned! But first I need to complete the Bel Air.