Buy Eric Clapton’s Ferrari (Well, Sort Of)

Hot Wheels Elite, a division of Mattel, will issue a limited edition 1:18 scale diecast model of Eric Clapton’s Ferrari 250 GT Berlinetta Lusso later this year as part of it’s "Ferrari in Music" Line of replica cars. Clapton has long been known as a Ferrari enthusiast. In an interview with earlier this year, Eric said that even as a small boy he was crazy about motor racing and the car that summed it up for him was Ferrari. The replica of Clapton’s silver 250GT Berlinetta Lusso will be a faithful reproduction. Limited to 5,000 individually numbered pieces, it will come in a dedicated package featuring pictures, EC’s facsimile signature and Ferrari’s logo. It’s definitely not a child’s toy, but aimed at adult collectors as the Hot Wheels Elite brand is devoted to replica car collectors and motor enthusiasts. Replicas in 1:18 scale have sythentic rubber tires, high-quality paint finishes, moving steering wheels, working wheels, opening doors, trunk and hood that reveal fully detailed engines and interiors. Already out in the Ferrari in Music Line is Nick Mason’s Ferrari 512S and Jamiroquai’s Enzo.

Eric’s "real" 250GT Berlinetta Lusso was part of a limited run of 350 luxury models built by Ferrari between 1962 and 1964. It’s been rated one of the Top Sports Cars of the 1960s.

Hot Wheels Elite: Ferrari 250GT Berlinetta Lusso – Eric Clapton
Scale: 1:18
Color: Silver
Dimensions: 13.2 x 6.8 x 5 inches
Item model number: T6254
Expected: October / November 2010 (subject to change)

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