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Can’t afford a real classic Ferrari? Buy this miniature one instead

This is a toy version of the extremely rare 250 Testa Rossa

Young classic-car fans will lust after the Testa Rossa J. PHOTO FROM THE LITTLE CAR COMPANY

Go to any toy store and you’ll likely be met with an endless sea of miniature cars modeled after modern supercars. It’s not a bad thing, though, as any kid would be excited at the sight of a red Ferrari 488 or a yellow Lamborghini Huracán. However, what you won’t see on the shelves is anything resembling vehicles from an era when traction control meant feathering the accelerator.

And that’s the void that toymaker The Little Car Company wants to fill. The firm specializes in scaled-down versions of classic sports cars, and its latest project is a recreation of the 1957 Ferrari 250 Testa Rossa.

The original 250 Testa Rossa won many endurance races back in the day. PHOTO FROM THE LITTLE CAR COMPANY

This Testa Rossa is a very different creature from the similarly named car made famous in Miami Vice. The 1950s Ferrari has an impressive racing pedigree consisting of victories in various endurance events including the grueling 24 Hours of Le Mans. It is an extremely rare and expensive classic. For context, one allegedly changed hands for some £24 million (P1.67 billion) back in 2014.

This car even comes with several drive modes just like a modern Ferrari. PHOTOS FROM THE LITTLE CAR COMPANY

But if you don’t have Kim Jong-un’s cash reserves, there’s an alternative from The Little Car Company. Called the Testa Rossa J, it’s almost as good as the real thing as the toy is licensed by Ferrari itself.

Not much can be said about the mini Testa Rossa’s looks apart from it faithfully resembling the actual car. Despite its obvious purpose as a kid-friendly classic runabout, the Testa Rossa J has the goods to accelerate up to 76km/h if your little one manages to flick the drive-mode switch to Race. When all the fun needs to stop, Brembo brakes and Pirelli tires bring the vehicle to a controlled halt.

Only 299 will be made, and each one surely won't be cheap. PHOTO FROM THE LITTLE CAR COMPANY

Although there isn’t any price posted, there is more to purchasing the Testa Rossa J than simply waving your checkbook. There is a configurator where you can choose what color and race number your car will have. Different options will obviously affect the SRP. And if you want one, the toymaker highly encourages buyers to reserve a build slot as only 299 units will be made.

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Professionally speaking, Miggi is a software engineering dude who happens to like cars a lot. And as an automotive enthusiast, he wants a platform from which he can share his motoring thoughts with fellow petrolheads. He pens the column ‘G-Force’.