Here's your chance to buy a Ferrari SF90 for $16,000.
Across the world, highly coveted sports cars and classics exchange hands for obscene amounts of money, proving that some cars really can be considered clever investments. However, that's not why gearheads spend their hard-earned money on rare and special vehicles. They're to be enjoyed, admired, and, more importantly, driven.
But for the great majority of us, our dream cars will remain just that: a dream. Luckily, there are ways and means for us to indulge our automotive passions. Model car collecting is a hobby many of us enjoy, scouring specialist stores for miniature versions of our favorite cars. But like the vehicles they are based on, some model cars command more money due to the craftsmanship and attention to detail their makers pour into them.
One such company, Amalgam, creates the finest examples we've seen yet. A number of them are set to go under the hammer, for prices more in line with a secondhand car.
One of several models listed on Catawiki's website is the Ferrari SF90 Stradale pictured above. Painted in the brand's Rosso Mugello, the 1:8 model is the spitting image of the vehicle on which it's based. This specific model was created in collaboration with Ferrari for publication in the Italian brand's magazine.
At the time of writing, the current bid for this SF90 Stradale sat at just over €7,000 (roughly $7,900) - although the expected estimate sits somewhere between €13,000 ($14,600) and €15,000 ($16,900). While it's considerably cheaper than a real Ferrari SF90, it's more expensive than a brand new Chevrolet Spark.
If you prefer something with a bit more racing pedigree, consider Audi's R8. No, not the mid-engined supercar, but the winner of 2005's 24 Hours of Le Mans endurance race. Despite its claim to fame, the sports-prototype racer (or the 1:8 scale, at least) is currently sitting at €3,000 ($3,400) but is expected to sell for a loftier figure; between €8,900 ($10,000) and €11,000 ($12,400).
Another vehicle to have graced the famed tarmac of Circuit de la Sarthe is the 1994 Le Mans EB110 race car. Like the Audi, it's scaled 1:8 but that's where the similarities end. Although it had a promising start, the real-life version never clinched victory, a blowout slamming it into the barrier. Amalgam's glorious replica pays tribute to it and, with a current starting bid of €5,906 ($6,600), it's certainly a pricey salute. The estimated selling price is in the ballpark of €10,900 ($12,300) and €13,000 ($14,700).
If racing history just isn't your thing, the McLaren Ultimate Vision Gran Turismo will surely pique your interest. Just 40 of these gorgeous creations exist and were inspired by the design concepts created by the British supercar maker. Each model receives a plaque, signed by the designers, Rob Melville and Alex Alexiev. The current bid for this futuristic 1:8 recreation is sitting at €4,511 ($5,090) with an estimated final price of between €7,000 ($7,900) and €8,000 ($9,000).
Aside from the pictured model cars, an assortment of other offerings are being made available. The varied lot consists of a Talbot Logo T150C Super Sport, a Nissan GTR, A Bugatti Galibier, and a pair of Princess luxury yachts, among other models. If none of these thrills your inner gearhead, you'll be pleased to know that Amalgam offers a wide range of cars to everyone's tastes - and if you can't find something you like, they will make it for you.