Volume VI, Number 12
Ferrari vs. Porsche
in the Supercar Sweepstakes
|In the late 1950's, the Ferraro 250 Testarossa and the Porsche 550A Spider
were the supercars of their day. Both were ready for road or track and used
as such. Hot Wheels is the only producer of the Ferrari 250 TR while Maisto,
and Hongwell have done the Porsche 550A Spider.
Ferrari 250 Testarossa - Hot Wheels
Porsche 550A Spyder - Maisto
|Porsche did not really build another road-going supercar until the early
1970's. The 911 Carrera RS was a direct challenge to cars like the Ferrari
365 GT/BB for top sports car honors. The 911 Carrera RS is represented by
models from Hot Wheels and Corgi. The 365 GT/BB and the BB512 Boxer that
followed have been done by Tomica, Playart, Yat Ming, Welly and Zylmex.
Ferrari 512 BB - Tomica
Porsche 911 Carrera RS - Hot Wheels (Corgi)
|In the early 1980's, Ferrari produced the 288 GTO and Porsche offered the
911 (930) Turbo. Both cars were again seen on the road and track. Many Porsche
911 Turbo models have been done with the best by Majorette, Tomica, Hot
Wheels, Siku, Racing Champions and Johnny Lightning. The Ferrari 288 GTO
has been done by Majorette and Siku.
Ferrari 288 GTO - Siku
Porsche 911 Turbo (930) - Majorette
In 1986, Porsche threw down the gauntlet with the amazing 959 model.
For their 40th Anniversary, Ferrari followed with the equally amazing F40.
Each car became an instant sports car icon and are still considered as the
fathers of the 'super-exotic' category in the supercar sweepstakes. Plenty
of toy car examples of each continue to be offered with my favorite 959
models coming from Tomica, Siku, Matchbox, Maisto and Motor Max. The best
F40 models come from Majorette, Matchbox, Maisto and Hot Wheels.
Porsche 959 - Maisto
In 1998, Porsche won Le Mans with the beautiful 911 GT1 and a few of
these super-exotics were produced for road use as well. For their 50th Anniversary,
Ferrari had to have a car equally exotic and the F50 was the result. The
F50 is available from Hot Wheels, Matchbox, Maisto, Majorette and Yat Ming.
The 911 GT1 is offered in street form from Matchbox and Tiger Wheels.
Porsche 911 GT1 - Tiger Wheels
|Ferrari did not wait long for their next super-exotic, producing the Enzo
in 2003. Porsche is offering their response in the Carrera GT, beginning
2004. Single examples of both cars are available with the Enzo from Hot
Wheels and the first Carrera GT from an unlikely source, Pioneer. More examples
of the Carrera GT are sure to come. (Pioneer model sent by Mike Mercado)
Ferrari Enzo - Hot Wheels
Porsche Carrera GT - Pioneer