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Exoto 1:43 1956 Fiat/Bartoletti Race Car Transporter- Scuderia Ferrari

Reviewed by:   Bill Bennett
     
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Wow ! A truck is one of Exoto’s prettiest offerings ever ? No !........... well maybe ! I am pouring over Exoto’s 1:43rd Ferrari / Fiat / Bartoletti racecar transporter and I am just amazed at what a beautiful piece they have created ! In 1956 Enzo Ferrari commissioned Bartoletti Coachworks to build a racecar transporter for Scuderia Ferrari to move their works sports racing and formula cars around the continent. Over the years several more of these transporters were built by Bartoletti and were the precursor to the huge motorcades that now move race teams from one venue to another.

By 1956 standards, this transporter was very sumptuous, indeed. Along with space to carry three racecars, two on top and one below in the rear, there is also a large tool and spare parts bay in the middle of the vehicle and a forward crew cabin with seats and bunk beds for the driving crew. There was even a small enclosed table atop the engine cover to hold maps, incidentals and the occasional salami sandwich and glass of wine. The transporter was built on a Fiat 482 RN2 chassis that Fiat sold to be converted to all manner of commercial vehicles. This particular vehicle was used until the early 1970’s when it was retired. Some of these vehicles have found a second life being restored to support the vintage car racing activities of their new owners with Don Orosco’s restoration of Lance Reventlow’s Scarab (Maserati, Shelby, Piper, Ferrari, etc.) Bartoletti transporter being the rage of the 2008 Monterey Historics/Pebble Beach Concours (see Classic & Sports Car magazine Dec. 2008).

This vehicle has been done before in 1:43rd scale, but never so elegantly. It is painted in rich “rosso corsa” racing red with a band of brighter red running between the waistline and the top cap. Ferrari’s livery is found on this brighter band and the cavallo rampante along with Shell , Ferodo, Magneti Marelli and Dunlop Tire logos being found below the waistline. The transporter rides on functional leaf springs and posable front wheels. The rear axle is geared to the driveshaft which rotates when the wheels are turned. The undercarriage is beautifully detailed with dual fuel tanks, compressed air tank, spare tire and fuel lines. The wheel/tire combination is nicely executed with very realistic rubber Pirelli (?) tires and red/silver wheels.

Although the many doors and hatches are sealed, the ramp system is completely functional. A set of portable ramps are included that allow the movement of the race cars from back of the transporter into the back bay and the upper rack treads can be dropped to allow movement of the cars up onto the top of the transporter. The upper ramps can be either stowed in the up or angled position and the portable ramps are stowed in the bottom bay with neat little C-clamps. Ten small magnetic chocks are provided to keep the cars in their place. Once they’re ready to travel, the rear tailgate has tiny operable latches to hold it in the “up and locked” position. All of these pieces are beautifully engineered and work flawlessly.

I purchased a Ferrari Testarossa by Bang to complete the transporter and this doesn’t come as part of the package.

This is a big piece: About eight inches in length and it fits nicely into a display case meant to be used for a 1:18th scale car. At a list price approaching $300, it isn’t inexpensive, but the quality and detail are unparalleled. When compared with the highest quality hand-made 43rd models, this is a real bargain. And this is a great way to display your 1956-1970 Scuderia Ferrari models. The only problem I see is that if you decided to collect the small cars to save space, this transporter won’t help you much. But this is a gorgeous piece and is almost more eye and finger candy than one guy deserves. This one will put a smile on your face for a long time. I highly recommend adding Exoto’s Bartoletti Transporter to your 1:43rd collection.

(05/04/2009)
 
 
  Exoto 1:43 1956 Fiat/Bartoletti Race Car Transporter- Scuderia Ferrari diecast car

Exoto 1:43 1956 Fiat/Bartoletti Race Car Transporter- Scuderia Ferrari diecast car

Exoto 1:43 1956 Fiat/Bartoletti Race Car Transporter- Scuderia Ferrari diecast car

Exoto 1:43 1956 Fiat/Bartoletti Race Car Transporter- Scuderia Ferrari diecast car

Exoto 1:43 1956 Fiat/Bartoletti Race Car Transporter- Scuderia Ferrari diecast car

Exoto 1:43 1956 Fiat/Bartoletti Race Car Transporter- Scuderia Ferrari diecast car

Exoto 1:43 1956 Fiat/Bartoletti Race Car Transporter- Scuderia Ferrari diecast car

 
 
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Exoto 1:43 1956 Fiat/Bartoletti Race Car Transporter- Scuderia Ferrari

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