Paying $17,202 for a model car might seem an extravagance to most people, but that’s the price the Amalgam Collection has set on its 1:8 scale model of the 1955 Mercedes-Benz W196 Monoposto race car as driven to victory in the British Grand Prix by the late Stirling Moss.
Only five of the models with a hand-applied post-race weathered look are being produced, the British model-making company said in its news release.
“Each model is accompanied by an archive-quality Giclée print of the car as it crossed the line, selected by Amalgam from the Motorsport Images collections,” the company added.
“The artistry applied to each of these five models underlines our commitment to creating beautiful hand-made pieces that fully capture both the spirit and precise appearance of this iconic race car from Mercedes Benz history,” Sandy Copeman, Amalgam director of brand, is quoted in the announcement.
Moss not only won the race that day at Aintree but led a top-4 sweep by the Mercedes team. It was Moss’s first Grand Prix victory.
“No detail was too small, from the weave and pattern of the plaid cloth used to cover the seat, the wearing on the steering wheel left by Sir Stirling’s driving gloves or the intricate hand staining of the fuel injection lines,” Amalgam noted.
“This fine 1:8 scale replica of the Mercedes-Benz W196 Monoposto was handcrafted and finished in Amalgam’s Bristol workshops with the co-operation and assistance of Mercedes-Benz regarding original finishes, materials and drawings. The original car was digitally scanned to perfectly recreate every detail at scale. Furthermore, a final prototype underwent detailed scrutiny by both Mercedes-Benz’s engineering and design teams to ensure complete accuracy of representation.”
To pre-order one of the five examples, visit the Amalgam Collection website.