The project of restoring this piece was an interesting one. First of all it was all banged up, like it had been on the bottom of the ocean, with dents, rust, scratches and dirt. The paint was all but gone, the wheels were crooked and it had several parts either broken or missing. I'm still not sure why I decided to put so much work in it, but on hindsight I'm glad I did, because I've done several great discoveries along the way. In the end this project turned out to be more of a revision than a restoration, but more on that later.
One of the requirements to make this project a success was finding spare parts, otherwise it would never be truly finished. Thank god I found one for sale online. I noticed some small differences between that one and my original one, even though they're officially the same model. By dissecting the bought model and also doing some online research I found that no two models seem to be exactly alike. There are differences in the interior, paint job, stickering, wheels, steering wheel, etc. The one I bought had a little pin on the back, which my original model didn't have. It hadn't broken off or anything, so there had to be least two slightly different molds under the same name (ref 113) which is interesting.
I imagine that back in the 70's the people at the Nacoral factory had a bunch of boxes of parts and just used whatever was at hand at the time, but I guess we'll never know for sure what makes these little differences exist.
Another discovery I made, much to my surprise, was that this model was actually quite accurately (for the scale) modelled after an actual car by Ferrari. 'The 1965 Ferrari Dino Berlinetta Speciale (206GT) Prototype' designed by Pininfarina and what a weird but exiting car it is. It looks like something out of a 60's sci-fi flick or something. It was very interesting to see how Nacoral interpreted the essence of the real life car and managed to scale it down to 1/43.
I was also quite surprised to find that the model is comprised of over 20 parts, that to me is amazing for such a small thing. One of the things I found funny was that the headlights (behind the plastic) are actually made from glass, like the fake diamonds you find in cheap jewellery. Another funny detail is that the spring holding the wheels in place also function as suspension adding just that extra bit of realism to the model.
Ok, so what did I change compared to the original?
First of all I felt it needed to be Ferrari red, like the original prototype was. Then I decided not to include any logo's and stickering, because I have yet to find a picture of an actual Dino Berlinetta with such detailing. I made the roofsupports silver along with the windshield wipers and rearview mirror. The entire interior has been painted, including the inside of the boot, doors and roof, not only because it looks better, but also to protect the metal. I added some details to the tail piece with red paint and the lettering on the back and bottom have been embossed.
The engine and air-intake look a bit more realistic after using dark and light silver paint. It now has 3 layers of paint in stead of just one; a white base paint, covered by a Ferrari red email colour and finally a clear coat to make it nice and shiny. Furthermore I shaved off some lines that come from casting the parts.
I have yet to find the original display case, but am quite content with the case I made myself.
So there you have it, originally intended as a side project, eventually derailing into an obsession. Although it's not perfect, considering what I had to work with I'm very pleased with the end product and happy to show it to the world.
This item is in fact for sale, but I've had to put so many hours and material in it won't be cheap. If you however are interested in buying this unique and beautiful object, please drop me a line.