High-end scale model manufacturer Amalgam is charging up to $27,000 to recreate iconic Le Mans race cars.
Model car manufacturer Amalgam has announced a new series of scale model replicas which will document the legends of the Le Mans 24-Hour race through the ages – but some models cost as much as a small hatchback.
One example of a 1/8 scale model race car is listed at $27,000 – about the same as a Toyota Corolla – ensuring only well-heeled enthusiasts need apply.
Amalgam is starting with race cars such as the Bentleys and Bugattis of the early 1920s, through the early 1950s and 1960s with cars such as the Ferrari 250 TR and Jaguar D-Type – before releasing more recent racing machines from the likes of McLaren, Porsche, and Audi.
The level of detail goes beyond recreating the models in pristine condition. Amalgam also gives the option of a race-weathered look which depicts the car covered in grime, being fitted with worn tyres, and with rain streaks across the paint. A Porsche 917K model even has a broken headlight and bent front bodywork for added authenticity.
In the world of scale model replicas, few manufacturers are as highly regarded as Amalgam, which partly explains the high prices.
The 1/18th scale model cars are said to cost about $US1000 ($AU1375) while the 1/8 sizes reportedly blow out to an eye-watering $US19,914 ($AU27,369).
Regardless of the model and size, intricate detail is a part of each car, including minor details such as tow points, tyre lettering, and meticulously prepared engine bays.
Amalgam says it spends up to 12 months researching and developing its models by referencing manufacturers archives and Le Mans history.
So while we may not be able to buy the real Le Mans heroes which command millions of dollars at international auctions,
at least we can collect these awesome Le Mans models we also can’t afford these.