The "Sharknose" may be the single most adored car in the history of Formula One. The shape is pure ecstacy: curvaceous, purposeful, compact, and just plain beautiful. The purity of the design can be appreciated by anybody who loves to drive: light weight, nimble, and powerful, it's 1.5-liter V6 putting out a potent 190 bhp.
For many, the Tipo 156 F1 also stands apart from the other World Champions, having been the car to power Phil Hill to become World Champion in 1961, the first time an American ever claimed that title!
Because the Scuderia famously discarded and often destroyed old race cars, Exoto faced a unique challenge in capturing the Tipo 156 F1 -- there are none left to measure and photograph! As a result, the most intensive research was undertaken to discover the most minute details. The result is unquestionably the most intricate and accurate 156 F1 replica ever made, and exposes some shameful flaws found in other companies' attempts to recreate this fabulous monoposto!
Exoto has always shown the way forward, leading the die-cast industry on virtually every measure. Having set the bar incredibly high with our recent releases, Exoto was determined to keep moving the game on, and has done so with our Tipo 156 F1! From our unprecedented research, tireless determination, and, frankly, a few flashes of genius, comes a replica that we're genuinely proud of. It breaks the part-count barrier and smashes the definition of furious detail in 1:18 scale.
Features of the Grand Prix Classics Exoto Tipo 156 "Sharknose" replica include:
• Over 1400 photo-etch and machined parts• Micrometric precision-cast body panels with variable thickness casting• Integrated formed and deep drawn sheet metal• Polycarbonate, optical quality transparent parts• Front body panel opens and locks closed without the use of screws or tools• Spring-loaded accelerator, clutch, and brake pedals• Functional carburetor butterfly-valves connected to the accelerator• Precision ball bearing-supported machined hubs on axles, front and rear• Fully geared transmission on ball bearings, distributing torque to rotating half shafts and rotating machined rear clutch assembly• Fully wired and plumbed 120- and 65-degree V6 motors• Advanced metal tube chassis construction• Hinged and removable engine cover• Petrol lids with hinged caps• Fully functional ball-joint front suspension on coil springs• Fully functional, machined rack and pinion steering• Superbly simulated aluminum components• Machined all-metal ventilated disc brakes all around• Removable metal wire wheels featuring clockwise and counter-clockwise functional knock-offs, left and right• Semi-pneumatic tires with correct tread pattern• Nickel plated photo-etch metal radiators• Formed honeycomb covers over carburetors; no simple wire mesh, just like the real car• Total elimination of simulated bolt heads; replaced by machined hexagon bolt heads• Genuine machined rivet pins throughout• Realistic period finish and feel• 2K high density paint finish• And much more ...
Let us build a Tipo 156 F1 "Sharknose" for you today! Reserve yours online or by phone, but don't delay because our Limited Edition, individually-numbered replicas are already in strong demand and surely won't last long!