Friday, August 8, 2014

#444 BBURAGO – FERRARI 126 C4 TURBO (1987)


Bburago is best known for its big scale cars, although until now I could only show some cars in 1:43 scale. I do not collect cars in such scales because they take a lot of space, but this model came in a lot I bought at the flea market around one and a half years ago. Since the car was complete and represents a Ferrari from the days in which I was a great fan of Formula One, I decided to keep it.


The model represents the 126 C4 model, that took part in all races in 1984 and whose drivers were Michele Alboreto (RN: 27) and René Arnoux (RN: 28). Alboreto finished the championship in 4th position and Arnoux in 6th, but the team was second, only behind the McLaren team (Lauda and Prost).

The curious thing about this model is that the decals tell us that the car is driven by Gerhard Berger with RN 28… this wouldn’t happen until the 1987 season, when Berger ended in the 5th place with 36 points and won two races. The car, of course, was a more modern version, named F1/87. There was another “historically accurate” version with RN 27 and Michele Alboreto stickers.


The car is anyway more than 20 years old and it looks quite different from the cars we can see nowadays: too high, too wide on the back, the spoiler is too big…

As usual in Bburago cars at this scale, the front wheels can be turned in one direction on the other with the steering wheel, which is something I always found fascinating.


The car looks great with those stickers, chromed parts, and so on, but it was still a rather affordable toy. A closer look reveals some not-so-nice details, like a chassis made of plastic or wheels also made of hard plastic. Other higher quality models made by Bburago had much more decorated chassis and also rubber-like tyres.



The cars were assemblied by hand and finally closed with a screw.


FACTS AND FIGURES:
  • Name: FERRARI 126 C4 TURBO “BERGER” (Cod. 6111)
  • Scale: 1:24
  • Year: 1987
  • Company: Bburago (Italy)
  • Size: approx. 13 cm

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