Very much a part of Ferrari’s ongoing legacy of sensational open-top V8 sports cars, the 488 Spider designers put its retractable hard top at the very centre of the car’s design philosophy, with the entire concept being developed around it. Ferrari was undoubtedly building on its compotency in this field, having created the world’s first removable hard top system on its earlier 458 Spider. Described by many in period as the ultimate car for the hedonist, the turbo-charged 3.9 litre V8 engine driven through a Getrag 7-speed gearbox, produces some 660 brake horse power.
At the date of its conception, this was the most powerful Spider ever to be built, able to achieve 0-62mph in three seconds flat and a top speed of 203 miles per hour. The car was a tour de force in new technological advances, with the fact that the roof can be raised or lowered when the car is on the move being perhaps the most readily noticeable.
This fine 1:18 scale model of the 488 Spider has been handcrafted and finished in our workshops with the co-operation and assistance of Ferrari regarding original finishes, materials, archive imagery and drawings. The use of supremely accurate digital scanning of the original car has allowed us to perfectly recreate every detail at scale. Furthermore, it has undergone detailed scrutiny by both engineering and design teams to ensure complete accuracy of representation.
Every Amalgam 1:18 scale model is supplied in a luxury black box with a protective outer carrying sleeve. Each model is mounted on a polished black acrylic base protected by a clear acrylic dust cover. The base holds a booklet containing the certificate of authenticity along with information and collateral material about the car. The model title and original branding is displayed on a polished stainless steel plaque mounted at the front end of the base.