Beneath the glorious bodywork lives a handmade recreation of the track from Steve McQueen's classic film, Le Mans.
Appearances can be deceiving. Take the Porsche 917 you see here, for example. While it may look like the iconic 917 racecar, it's actually a slot car track - one of the best we've ever seen, in fact.
Offered for sale on Bring a Trailer, this superb creation is an extravagant tribute to Le Mans, the classic 1971 film starring Steve McQueen. Housed in the bodywork of this Gulf-liveried 917 is a 1:32 scale dual-slot track inspired by the raceway from the movie.
The replica is a beautiful recreation and features exquisite detailing, such as faux exhaust outlets, working headlights and taillights, and an assortment of sponsor decals. Even the black center-locking wheels have been wrapped in racing slicks that depict wear from motorsport use.
But the party trick lives within; flick a switch, and the clamshell body moves away to reveal the miniature track.
Fashioned out of wood, the hand-painted track features period sponsor signs and displays, including the Dunlop bridge and the Martini barn. The course comprises of two hairpin turns, a main straight, and a series of bends, all aimed at making races more challenging and exciting.
It's a beautiful environment, made even better by the detailed grandstand (filled with figurines), realistic Armco-style railings, greenery, and various trackside structures, including crew stations. The piece comes with 19 slot cars, including a Ferrari 512 Coda Lunga, Lola T70, and several Porsches, including a classic 911 and a 917 finished in the Gulf livery. There's even a GT40 camera car, thrown in for good measure.
The track comes with a pair of stools and two analog race controllers. Two cars can race around simultaneously, and thanks to trackside lightning, the fun can continue even when the sun goes down - much like Le Mans itself.
As you'd expect, it's quite a large piece. Measuring 13 feet long and six feet wide, you'll need quite the entertainment area or garage to house this display. And a healthy bank account, too. With just days to go, the current bid sits at $82,000. To put that into perspective, that's a great deal more than a base model Cayenne.
Then again, it was crafted by Detroit-based Slot Mods, known for creating incredible slot car tracks. Last year, the company previewed a slot car replica of the Fiat Lingotto factory, known for its famous rooftop racetrack. The build took two years and cost the owner a whopping $225,000. Compared to that, this Le Mans piece seems like a bargain.
Save for the anachronistic McLaren MP4-12C parked on the sidelines, this is the perfect addition to any gearhead's lair and should bring hours of joy, whether from playing or simply soaking in the beauty.
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