When you hear the name De Tomaso I will bet the first connection is likely associated with the Mangusta or Pantera. Right? If you are not aware of the name De Tomaso, De Tomaso is an Italian automobile manufacturer that hit the ground running in the mid-nineteen sixties with their De Tomaso Vallelunga. History lessons aside, De Tomaso has had its share of ups and downs over the years. In 2020, the brand once again made headlines with its introduction of the De Tomaso P72, a nod to the classic De Tomaso Sport 5000 also known as the Ghia DeTomaso.
This leads us to the model in question, which is the 1:18 scale, resin and sealed De Tomaso P72 by Peako. For those not familiar with the brand Peako, they are a high-end manufacturer based in Hong Kong. Usually catering to limited numbers utilizing a resin and sealed manufacturing process. The name has a little history with cars prior to P72 that include Apollo Automobil Apollo IE and Gumpert Apollo.
Looks-wise, the P72 is definitely an acquired taste. Side by side with a Lamborghini the P72 would make the latest Lamborghini effort look tame! Model-wise, it’s hard-pressed to find any issues with the P72 other than it provides no access to the interior or internal bits and the rear engine cover is tinted Black so none of the engine and related components are visible from the exterior side. The positives definitely out weight the negatives depending on how your scale tips. The paint is top-notch! Some of the best I have seen in scale. The little details are definitely prevalent from all angles. You can clearly define the true ceramic discs behind the awesome Rose Gold wheels!
Interior side, the Rose Gold theme continues. It is also quite refreshing to see the complex curvatures throughout the entire glass dome surrounding the interior are beautifully crafted, and likely to survive the test of time. Peako also uses perforated grilles in all the right places as the collection of photos will reveal. Now the question some may ask, is the expense worth it? The answer is certainly subjective. I will say this, would have I purchased this outright if I didn’t receive the De Tomaso P72 in a swap for my BBR Pagani Barchetta? No. Peako plays outside a price point I’m not comfortable playing in. But, I can say for the first piece I’ve seen in person from the brand, I’m quite impressed. Enjoy the pics!