It is quite refreshing when we have the opportunity to examine a CMC model under a microscope. The chance to review what we believe is one of the last remaining premier brands in the hobby comes with much pleasure and little intimidation if we’re honest. With the slew of resin and static offerings out pacing full 360 access examples and overall definition taking somewhat of a back seat in favour of price. When CMC’s North American division reached out to the team and asked if we like to review their latest effort, the 1:18 CMC Ferrari 275 GTB/C, 1966 we jumped at the chance. Unless you are relatively new to the hobby, you should already be familiar with the brand CMC, which for the newbies here refers to Classic Model Cars.
CMC has built a solid reputation for the ultimate in-scale model definition, though not without some controversy… Their assortment primarily focuses on classic specimens, with a mix of street and race automobiles. Click the active link to learn more about the brand and its current available assortment. Popular marques are plenty and there are some that are not so well-known, which makes the brand niche and more appealing in various circles. Each example has been meticulously prepared with layers of detail and definition that are rarely addressed by most other brands.
The model as mentioned is the newly released Ferrari 275 GTB/C. A notable assortment of colours will be offered in street trim with additional future race versions to arrive as well – though CMC may have taken liberties with the colour palette, the additional fantasy colours are more than welcome.
As for the model itself, our example did not arrive with an outer sleeve/box. What was presented in addition to the model includes a styrofoam shell and a couple of neat accessories, these are a delicate cleaning cloth and a small tool to help you access the interworking of the model without harming the paint – it has a small suction cup, which you use to adhere to the metal exterior part of your choice (pull to open). Thank you CMC, it works great! You should consider selling this as a separate article!
The exterior side of the Ferrari 275 GTB/C is absolutely stunning from a paint application, and let’s not forget to include the additional chrome work. Consistency was a priority, and the deep tones of Ferrari Red are simply eye-popping in person, in short, our example was flawless exterior wise.
As for the overall look and the team’s ability to capture the essence of the original car, CMC does an excellent job here. Panel gaps and shut lines are near perfect, and likely better than the original car. Noting that the original is hand-built and exterior panels hand-forged by craftsmen of the day, variances in productions are likely with these imperfections or soul marking likely not appearing for each additional release. If there was one complaint, and this has been mentioned by others is their implementation of the exterior window trim. The bulkiness is somewhat distracting, especially on the rear glass as shown above.
Moving to the front end, the Ferrari 275 GTB/C shows its signature design element with two large primary headlights with covers. Note the added detailing around the outer cover and headlight behind. The lower mouth/chin spoiler opens into a fully unclogged metal grille – though our primitive photos don’t fully highlight this detail, it is ever-present.
Moving upwards we are first met with a fully accessible oil flap – operation here is flawless, and one can see the attention to detail priority with the metal gap pin and hinge work underneath. The forward swing hood unveils additional engine details. What is delivered to the collector is a wealth of details and layers of motor bits and surrounding components. Some highlights include the well-executed exposed carburetors, three in total, rivet work on the underside of the bonnet, supporting motor hardware and plumbing, and one can even see the suspension bits from this vantage point too. The package is solid and when comparing the engine compartment to past featured sales of the 1:1 Ferrari 275 GTB/C on Tom Hartley’s website, we’re convinced. And maybe one possible miss is the coolant piping exception on the driver-side wall – see image below.
Now the question remains is the current CMC Ferrari 275 GTB/C engine on par with past models offered by CMC? Well, in comparison to our modest stable of models which include the Bugatti Typ 57 SC Atlantic Coupe, Ferrari 250 GT Berlinetta Competizione (SWB) and recently purchased Auto Union Type C Bergrenner (Hill Climber), and if one literally gets to the gradual level of every detail, yes, though marginally.
The rear side of the Ferrari 275 GTB/C is wrapped in a fully chromed bumper. Below this sits a rear middle position clear lense light and quad exhaust tips – the exhaust work is quite intense as one would expect from CMC. Before we continue with the rear, let’s highlight the undercarriage for its superb craftsmanship and layers of excellence. We could spend hours dissecting this area but we’ll let the photos do the talking. It definitely begs the question; how long does it take to assemble one of these models? Incredible.
Moving back to the rear side, the upper lid is functional and provides access to the spare and fire compression system, fuel tank and hood-prop – admirable work on the leather strapping and supporting hardware on the spare. We need to emphasize the trunk hinge engineering too; these gems are pieces of art and the operation is once again flawless, the movement is truly smooth as silk!
The Campagnolo wheels are fitted on the street cars, spoked wheels will be more present on race versions. If you’re new to CMC, the added details are sometimes not that obvious, in the case the wheels are fully removable at all four corners, utilizing one single nut. Tires include the period badging too. If this wasn’t the icing on the cake, what is found behind is just as delicious! Layers of suspension bits come to life, so life-like, in fact, you are immediately searching for additional eye candy.
Inside the 275 GTB/C continues to shine, the hybrid street/race interior is fully dressed with the exception of interior flocking, which we suspect removed in favour of the race-inspired interpretation. The wood steering wheel is matched to a wood panel in the dash – the results are exceptionally good. Dash itself and seats are executed in leather-like material with the seats providing a full hardness for both chairs, this detail extending to the rear where it is attached to the roll cage. Completing the interior, door cards provide layers of details – see photos, and we would be failing if we did not mention the beautifully executed door handle and lock on the exterior side.
In typical CMC fashion, the Ferrari 275 GTB/C presents the collector with a level of execution that most other brands cannot offer today. In an era of resin and static models leading the charge, it is quite refreshing to see something of this calibre in person. There is no substitute for full access over static, and to those that believe there is, we’re sorry, this is a simple fact.
Priced at just under $700 US, this is asking a lot from the collector base. This a significant amount of money but there is also a considerable amount of detail here too. CMC’s assortment is not one that is simply measured in dollars and cents. The passion and lengths to produce the ultimate expression in scale do come at a price. On the flip side, some may take liberties with CMC’s approach to a hybrid offering of street/race cars and not truly present a perfect or true street variant. Then there is the question of fantasy colours. Personally, the more options the better, this is our opinion. Either way, the model on its own is nothing less than specular, a gem. What CMC achieves in scale is genuinely magical… By far the best presentation our team has seen in 2022, and one we are recommending for DiecastSociety.com Model of the Year. Enjoy the pics!