The 1:8 scale model of the $13,000 Ford GT40 will knock your socks off

  • UK-based Amalgam offers high-end scale models of some of the greatest cars ever produced.
  • Amalgam says the Ford GT40 model requires around 400 hours of work for each car.
  • The 1969 Ford GT, chassis #1075, sells for $12,966.

    One of the most famous sports cars – OK, one of the most famous cars-every time, all it takes is a phone call or an internet order.

    The operators are listening.

    No, you can’t drive it, but an 1/8 scale model of the 1969 Ford GT #6, chassis 1075, driven by Jacky Ickx and Jackie Oliver to victory at Le Mans, can be yours for $12,966. This is no ordinary model, as you can probably tell from the price tag.

    The master craftsmen of Amalgam say that 18 months of research and development went into creating the model. Amalgam created templates for the model build and even sends photographs of the models to Ford for approval. Over 400 hours of labor will go into casting, painting and assembling each car.

    Jacky Ickx and Jackie Oliver drove the real #6 Ford GT to victory at Le Mans in 1969.

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    The model will eventually sport a finished livery, exactly as it raced at Le Mans in 1969.

    “This model will be one of the most sought after and detailed models we have ever created,” Amalgam founder Sandy Copeman said in a press release. “We spared no expense in our efforts to make this model absolutely authentic and superbly detailed in every way.

    “The real car has undergone many alterations and modifications over the years, so we dug deep into the photo archives and sifted through the records, to ensure that our model reproduces the car exactly on the day it won at Le Mans. in 1969. The model has thousands of components, each of them perfectly reproduced using scanned data and more than a thousand photographs.

    This car is the last in the line of Ford winners at Le Mans in the incredible run of four consecutive triumphs from 1966 to 1969. The Ford GT was America’s answer to Ferrari’s dominance of the greatest racing car sports in the world.

    Amalgam plans to produce 199 models of this version of the racing Ford GT, and says 30 have already been reserved.

    While the models have yet to reach the livery stage, the plan is to have the cars ready to roll (or sit in your favorite storefront) by May.

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    1969 ford gt40 amalgam 18 scale

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    1969 ford gt40 amalgam 18 scale

    Amalgam

    1969 ford gt40 amalgam 18 scale

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    What would it take to shell out $13,000 for a scale model, unless you made yourself really small and crawl through the 1:8 scale window? What’s the coolest scale model you own? Share in the comments section below.

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