Originally published: February 2020
1:18 1963 Ferrari 330
Tecnomodel’s first new 1:18 announcement of 2020 was the Ferrari 330 LMB sports car racer, which has never been produced in this scale before.
Ferrari built just four LMB 330s, in 1963 (LMB standing for Le Mans Berlinetta).
The car was essentially a development of the 250 GTO, but fitted with a 4.0 litre 330 engine. It received limited development as Ferrari concentrated its resources on its mid-engined P series of cars, which also used the 330 powerplant.
Tecnomodel is offering four variants of the Ferrari 330 LMB in 1:18 scale. The first of these is the #12 example that Jack Sears and Mike Salmon campaigned to a fifth place finish in the 1963 Le Mans 24 Hours.
Next up is the #19 machine that Mike Parkes and Lorenzo Bandini shared in the Sebring 12 Hours earlier that year. The car failed to finish after a hefty wallop led to a split in its fuel tank.
The final racing version is the bronze #47 derivative that Dan Gurney took to the bottom step of the podium in the 1963 Bridgehampton 500 km. He was a lap behind the winning Cooper-Monaco T57 of Walt Hansgen.
Completing the quartet is Tecnomodel’s traditional press car replica. These are limited editions of between just 80 and 130 pieces worldwide, so getting your pre-order in will be important.