Amalgam has a long and proud history of creating some incredible scale model cars and has just unveiled its latest creation in the form of a particularly stunning Ford GT40.
The GT40 in question is based on chassis #1075 which claimed victory at the 24 Hours of Le Mans in 1969 with Jacky Ickx and Jackie Oliver behind the wheel. The car, rocking the number 6, finished just 120 meters (390 feet) ahead of the second-place Porsche 908 after 372 laps of the French circuit. It was a cruel twist of fate for Porsche as it had led 90 per cent of the race before the gearbox of the leading 917 broke.
The 1969 race was particularly dramatic as on the final lap, Ickx faked a power loss due to a lack of fuel along the Mulsanne Straight, allowing Hans Hermann in the Porsche 908 to overtake him. Ickx then jumped in the Porsche’s slipstream and managed to pass him again just before the end of the straight.
Amalgam’s 1:8 scale model of this iconic Ford GT40 has been brought to life after 24 months of research and development with the Ford Archive and Heritage Department, as well as Gulf Oil International.
Just 199 examples of the model will be produced. Each unit is hand-built and hand-assembled in a process that takes over 400 hours. The car is made up of thousands of precisely engineered parts, including castings, photo-etchings, and CNC machined metal components.
The model isn’t cheap, however, and is priced at a cool $13,027.