My collection once had a GT40 shaped hole in it for longer than I'd like to admit. I never wanted to shell out big money for an Exoto, but also wanted something more than the old Jouef models. The Shelby Collectibles cars were a viable option, but how do you choose one MkII over the other? Do I get the black LeMans winner? But the red with white stripes looks so good! The sky blue No. 1?

In late 2017, Shelby Collectibles made my life a little easier and released a limited edition run of 500 chrome GT40's. Now normally I find chrome paint jobs and wraps played out or even tacky, but it just works so well on a car like the GT40.

This is actually the second chrome model in my collection; I also have the Buick GNX from GMP. I had the same challenges shooting this car that I did with the Buick. Unless you’re in an all white, vacuum-sealed room, you are going to get reflections. And fingerprints. And dust. I outsmarted myself during this GT40 shoot too because I thought it was a good idea to handle the car with a tissue. I spent way too much time editing out lint specs instead of fingerprints...

The GT40 is one of those models that NEEDS opening parts. GT Spirit’s white model looks stunning, but you miss out on the clamshell front, the doors with the roof cutouts, and the giant rear hatch opening to show off that glorious 427 Ford V8. I'm curious to see Solido's MKI GT40 ends up looking like and I'm certainly tempted to pick one up. I actually prefer the smoother body lines of the MKI over the scoopy MKII winner.

This model has a few other surprises too, like real mesh vents on the rear panel. The rivets on the windows, the lettering on the tires, even the clear glass lenses are all well done. It is already one of my most cherished pieces. The limited run and special paint make this really a unique model to have. I highly recommend picking up a Shelby Collectibles GT40 if you need one!

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