It took 800 hours of labor to create this authentic post-Le-Mans-finish look.
If you are a passionate fan of Porsche's motorsport history and premium model car collecting, then today is going to be a very good day for you. Expert in the model car-making industry, Amalgam, has unveiled a new 1:18 scale addition to its Race Weathered Collection: the esteemed Martini Porsche 917 KH which took the title at the 1971 Le Mans with Gijs van Lennep and Helmut Marko at the helm.
Amalgam will only be making 100 examples of each model, each of which will be painted and worn by hand at its workshop located in Bristol, England. The look of dirt and damage wasn't just randomly applied either - the dedicated artists paid special attention to archival imagery to ensure that the final creation is as authentic as possible.
Impressions of oil stains, mud, and even the missing left headlight cover are all included in the final creation, which took over 800 hours to construct. The final design was then sent to Porsche's team for authentication and approval. Each example will be sold with a Rainer Schlegelmilch Giclée print supplied by Porsche's archival team, depicting the car mid-race. To get the proportions right, Amalgam conducted a 3D scan of the original chassis.
If you want to add this to your collection, be prepared to fork out a whopping $1,899, just a bit more than what you'd pay for a set of carbon fiber mirrors for your Porsche 911 GT3 RS. So, this may sound like a steep price for a model car, but if you look at the number of hours spent to put each model together and the massively impressive attention to detail applied, we have to argue that it is a fair price, especially since only 100 examples will be made.
For those not too familiar with the 917 KH, it was an absolute titan at Le Mans in 1971, with its 592-horsepower 4.9-liter flat-12 engine helping it dominate the competition. Van Lennep and Marko were able to set a distance record from the next team so great that it was only beaten almost four decades later by Audi.
The Race Weathered Collection includes examples from all disciplines of racing, including Formula 1 and Daytona. The company is yet to put together a worn example of its impeccable 1969 GT40 recreation, but we think the battered and bruised look is so much more special, and the GT40 always deserves another tribute to its Le Mans triumph.