Each model takes over 4,000 hours to build.
Built with the sole aim of beating Ferrari at Le Mans, the Ford GT40 is one of the most famous race cars of all time. Ford raced the GT40 until 1969 when Jacky Ickx and Jackie Oliver drove to victory at the 24 Hours of Le Mans and beat Porsche by only 390 feet after 372 laps.
Ford celebrated the 50th anniversary of this historic race winwith the 2019 Ford GT Heritage Edition, which featured the iconic blue and orange Gulf racing livery. Now, Amalgam Collection is paying tribute to the Le Mans-winning race car with a stunningly detailed 1:8 replica of the 1969 Ford GT40. After 24 months of research and development work, Amalgam Collection has built the first batch of models. And the level of detailing here is extraordinary.
"This model will be one of the most deeply researched and finely detailed models we have ever created" said Amalgam's founder Sandy Copeman. "We have not spared any expense in our efforts to make this model absolutely authentic and superbly detailed in every way. The real car has undergone numerous alterations and modifications over the years, so we have dug deep into photo archives and records, to ensure that our model exactly replicates the car on the day it won at Le Mans in 1969."
Measuring nearly 20 inches long, the Ford GT40 replica model based on chassis #1075 features thousands of components that were reproduced using digital scan data and over a thousand photographs.
Amalgam Collection even worked with the Ford Archive and Heritage department and Gulf Oil International to replicate every detail as accurately as possible, and the result is a stunning recreation of one of Ford's most important race cars.
Amalgam Collection will only build 199 examples of the 1:8-scale Ford GT40 but is planning to build a smaller 1:18 version. The company is already accepting orders, but demand is so high that orders require a 100 percent deposit of £10,350 ($14,165). That may sound like a lot for a model car that will sit on your shelf, but Amalgam Collection builds some of the most stunningly detailed scale models in the business - each model takes over 4,000 hours to build by hand. Despite the high asking price, Amalgam Collection says the first two batches have sold out.