For many car and toy car enthusiasts, certain rare cars are better known in toy car form as the chances of ever seeing the real car are remote. When you think of the Bugatti Royale Coupe de Ville do you see the real car or Tomica's miniature version? When you think of the Duesenberg SSJ is it the beautiful 1:64 Racing Champions model that comes to mind? How about the 1957 Cadillac Eldorado Brougham (Hot Wheels), Monteverdi Hai (Matchbox) or McLaren F1 (MicroChamps and Pioneer)?
One such car for me has been the Ferrari 250GT Pininfarina Coupe Speciale. Husky did this car, labeled a Ferrari Berlinetta 250 GT. While I assumed the real car existed, I certainly did not expect to ever see one. All that changed with a recent trip to the 2004 Pebble Beach Councors in Monterey, California. Ferrari was the featured marque along with Rolls Royce and Hispano Suiza. I saw favorites like the original Rolls Royce Silver Ghost and the 2003 Formula 1 Ferrari driven by Michael Schumacher to 5 victories. Then, as I strolled along, I saw a familiar shape. The colors were different but the shape was clearly the same as the little Husky 250 GT I know so well.