These scale models are not children’s toys

Amalgam Collection produces works of automotive art

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The 1:18-scale Porsche 917K complete with dirt and bumps just like the real car when it won the 24 Hours of Daytona 50 years ago | Amalgam Collection photos

There were the AMT and Revell plastic cars models on which we, as kids, mushed glue and spilled paint and applied misaligned decals in an attempt to assemble something that resembled the car pictured on the box.

Wanting something worthy of admiration, we grew up and cluttered our desks with nicely manufactured die-cast metal models of production sports and racing cars.

And now the Amalgam Collection in England has taken the creation of model cars to an entirely new dimension with its precision-crafted scale models that truly are works of engineering and art.

One-off 1:5 model of a Ferrari 512M racing car

Amalgam was founded in the mid-1980s to produce detailed scale models for British and German architects, including Foster & Partners. It also created prototype parts for the first Dyson vacuum cleaners, and after a decade in business started producing display models for Formula One racing teams. 

The company has workshops in England, Hungary and China, and produces scale models for car collectors including Ralph Lauren and Richard Mille.

“Amalgam models beautifully and precisely capture the entirety of the original, and are impossible to discern from a real car in photographs,” the company proclaims on its website.

“To create these perfect scale replicas of modern cars, we use confidential CAD data supplied by the manufacturer and cooperate closely with their design and engineering teams to perfectly replicate the interior and exterior finishes. 

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“With regard to classics, in our quest for supreme accuracy and authenticity, we go to great lengths to locate the best examples of original cars and digitally scan them, capturing the precise shape and proportions of every part of the car including the chassis, engine and drivetrain. We also take around 1,000 reference photographs, capturing every aspect and detail of each car in order to completely understand and replicate the finishes and detailing.”

The company uses 3D printing and CNC machining as well as traditional handcrafting techniques to create each model. It says a 1:8 scale prototype can consume 4,000 hours of labor and each subsequent model “takes 250 and 450 hours to cast, fit, fettle, paint and build.”

 “Our models then face detailed scrutiny from the manufacturer, motorsport team or client to ensure the model accurately represents every detail of the real car,” the company adds. 

This ‘parts board’ display — priced at $11,995 — includes all the pieces created to build a model of the Ferrari 375

In June 2020, the company expanded its model lineup with its first “weathered” example, announcing that it would produce 1:18 scale models of the Porsche 917K that won the 24 Hours of Daytona race 50 years earlier. As part of the anniversary recognition, those models would include the dirt and “battle scars” accumulated during the race. 

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Prices for Amalgam models range from several hundred dollars into the low 5 figures. Sure, for $12,000 you could buy a used car, but would you want it sitting on your desk or coffee table?

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A former daily newspaper sports editor, Larry Edsall spent a dozen years as an editor at AutoWeek magazine before making the transition to writing for the web and becoming the author of more than 15 automotive books. In addition to being founding editor at ClassicCars.com, Larry has written for The New York Times and The Detroit News and was an adjunct honors professor at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University.

2 COMMENTS

  1. Hi Larry,

    Another fine and informative article especially for us automobilia enthusiasts.

    As you know, many people will scoff at these price of these little gems then regret not purchasing at least one years later when their collector value skyrockets into the stratosphere and they become really, realy expensive! See it all the time with motometer and radiator emblem automobile all the time, now just poor quality and reproductions on the market these days at high prices.

    See you at the next conference, convention or symposium,

    Francis, The Motometer Man
    http://www.motometercentral.com

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