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Model cars are great, they’re a way for many of us to own cars that we’d never normally have access to. Sure, they can’t be driven or shown off down at the car meet, but they can still make us feel cool. The earliest scale model cars were often handmade by craftsmen and were typically made of wood or metal. These models were not just toys but also promotional items used by car manufacturers to showcase their new models, in the 1920s-1930s era of model cars, the use of tin became popular, particularly in Germany and Japan. These tinplate models were usually clockwork or friction-powered, adding a cool and dynamic element to the toys. During and after World War II, around the 1940s-1950s: the production of scale model cars saw a significant increase and the use of die-cast metal became widespread. Companies like Dinky Toys, Corgi, and Matchbox led the way. These models became a lot more detailed and realistic compared to earlier versions. In the late 1950s and 1960s, plastic became a popular material for scale models, companies like Revell and AMT began producing highly detailed plastic model kits, which enthusiasts could assemble and paint themselves. The rise of Hot Wheels by Mattel started in the 70s and they introduced highly stylized, vibrant, and robust die-cast cars. These models were designed to be durable and collectable, often featuring fantasy and custom designs in addition to real car replicas. The 1990s is when the detail and accuracy of scale model cars continued to improve with advances in manufacturing technology and we now see high-quality plastics, resins, and advanced die-cast metals. Companies like Tamiya, Minichamps, and Autoart have set high standards for realism and detail. We see loads of these companies online, and we’re also lucky enough to know a few people with large disposable budgets who collect scale model cars and so we’ve seen some amazing models in person. While we’ve only ever seen an Amalgam model inside its plastic housing, it’s clear that they really seem to have no equal. They’re ridiculously well-detailed and sell for unbelievable amounts of money. The Ferrari F40 model we saw cost over R200,000. 

Sometimes the people at Amalgam create one-off models just like their full-sized automaker counterparts, and just like the 1:1 scale things, these one-offs can cost silly money. This Ferrari 296 GTB comes with a Nero Daytona exterior paint scheme with Giallo accents and it looks identical to a real car. You could do a full photoshoot on a model and the results would show a car that the viewer would be hard-pressed to tell if it’s a real car or not. This 296 is made up of literally thousands of precisely engineered parts: castings, photo-etchings and CNC-machined metal components and it’s built using original CAD designs, paint codes and material specifications from Ferrari. This one was originally built as part of a special project with Ferrari and features an exclusive spec that includes an Extra Campionario Nero Daytona exterior paint scheme, glossy carbon fibre racing wheels, brake callipers in Giallo Modena, a luxurious all-Nero leather interior, Giallo seat belts, Filo Giallo stitching and embroidery and even carbon fibre-backed seats. The use of original CAD and actual files from, Ferrari has allowed Amalgam to perfectly recreate every detail at scale. The prototype model has passed the usual in-depth scrutiny by Ferrari's engineering and design teams to ensure the complete accuracy of the model. As in the real world, a brilliant model like this will fetch mad money, and because it’s a one-of-one creation it’s likely that the value will increase over time, just like its 1:1 counterpart. As it stands now, this one-off Ferrari 296 GTB lists for a whopping $21,385.00, which is a huge number for something that measures in at 57 mm in length. If you directly translate that into our currency, that’s a mere R389,413.37 and that’s minus shipping and taxes. That’s the price of my mate’s Suzuki Swift Sport with more power than my GTi.

Take a look at the YouTube video that shows off where these amazing models are created - it's just like the workshop of a bespoke coachbuilder that builds 1:1 models: Amalgam Collection's Bristol Workshop | Amalgam Collection

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