#lamleydaily – August 19, 2017
Model: Matchbox Ferrari 456 GT
Line: 2005 Superfast
Where to get it: Matchbox Ferrari 456 GT on ebay
Why it’s in the collection: A Matchbox Ferrari – especially a Matchbox Ferrari produced this century – is a rare sight. Obviously, with the model license not at Mattel it will be awhile before we see another, and even if it does ever return, it will most likely be Hot Wheels.
So, more than anything, I have this model as a novelty. Mid-90’s era Ferraris are not something I get particularly excited about, and those 2004/2005 Superfast wheels I REALLY don’t get excited about, but as far as I know this is the last Matchbox Ferrari made. So it stays in the collection. Plus, ugly car or not (it isn’t that bad), it’s a nice replica.
This is a ROW release, meaning “Rest of World”. For the 2005 Superfast line, Matchbox decided to do a US and ROW seat of 75 cars. The assortments were the same, just the colors different. So US collectors needed an overseas trading partner and vice versa. Having two totally different – but totally the same – lines was overkill, and the sets sadly hung. I don’t remember if this Ferrari was one of those. I’m happy to have it now.