BY STEVE BUTLER
At the end of the 1952 Grand Prix season a 21.5-inch cast aluminum Ferrari was made by Marchesini for and distributed by the Italian distillery Toschi. Inside the racer was reportedly a bottle of liqueur full of cherries. Extremely few examples remain complete with that original, unopened bottle.
Toschi mirrored that distribution in 1978 with the issue of a 27-inch plastic Ferrari 312 T2 containing two bottles – one Nocello, a walnut liqueur, and the other Vignola cherries in liqueur. The racer itself is not especially rare. About 100 were imported into the U.S. with a bottle of cherries in syrup sans alcohol and sold for $100. None were supposed to be imported containing the two bottles as originally issued making them very scarce as pictured herein.