The 1958 Le Mans winning 250 TR of Phil Hill and Olivier Gendebien has been perfectly captured and recreated at 1:8 scale
Bristol, UK, 4th of July 2023
Makers of the world’s finest models Amalgam Collection, today unveiled a new addition to their exclusive collection of Race Weathered models: the Ferrari 250 TR at 1:8 scale. The model is based on chassis 0728TR, as it was raced to a famous victory in the 24 Hours of Le Mans by Phil Hill and Olivier Gendebien on the 22nd of June 1958.
This special series of weathered models is strictly limited to just fourteen pieces worldwide, commemorating the victorious car’s race number. Each model has been meticulously hand-painted and detailed by the artists in the company’s Bristol UK workshop, capturing every detail of the race dirt on the car as it crossed the finish line. Eash model will be accompanied by an archive quality A1 Giclée print of the car driving down the pit lane with the victorious drivers riding aboard, selected by Amalgam from the Motorsport Images collection.
The first model in this edition (pictured) has already been delivered to Wautier Gendebien, nephew of Ferrari racing legend Olivier, who now proudly exhibits a reminder of his uncle’s most significant career moment in his home. Amalgam Director of Brand Sandy Copeman said “It’s always a special feeling to make a personal connection to a racing icon, and it was our privilege to deliver the first weathered to Wautier just recently. The model has perfectly captured a significant moment in his uncle’s racing career, and we hope it will bring great pleasure to Wautier and his family.” Amalgam are now accepting orders for the remaining models in the edition, which will be weathered to order.
Each model is fashioned from thousands of precisely engineered parts and features an opening trunk and a fully removeable engine cover. Underneath the engine cover, accessible only through unfastening the replica leather straps, lies a perfect reproduction of the car’s Gioacchino Columbo-designed three litre V12 engine, complete with an artistically applied spattering of mud and oil. In the trunk, collectors of finely made objects will find the racing fuel tank and the car’s spare wheel, also carefully coated in race grime. Across the exterior of the car, every splash of dirt, mud and oil has been recreated in miniature, including the paint chips on the bodywork and race-worn pieces of tape holding the headlight covers in place.
Amalgam Collection’s Bristol workshop manager Chris Lovatt said “We take great pride in the accuracy of all our models, with exceptional attention applied to the painting of our Race Weathered editions. Our artists have referred to contemporary imagery to ensure each completed 250 TR model is a faithful replica of the real car as it finished the race in 1958. We take pleasure in pushing the boundaries of detail to capture very significant moments of motorsport history.”
The artistic painting of the race weathering is significant, but it is just the final stage in a complex and highly creative process that started with the development of the model. Working with CAD data created from a digital scan of chassis 0734TR, currently in the possession of Ralph Lauren, the artisans developed a prototype, meticulously scaling down the data to ensure that the details are brought to life in miniature. Patterns are created for the individual parts, from which moulds are taken to perfectly cast and reproduce each piece of the intricate puzzle. Development of the 1:8 scale model took over 4000 hours, and only concluded once the experts at Ferrari Classiche were fully satisfied with the accuracy of every aspect of the model. Measuring over 49 centimetres (19 inches) long, each subsequent model takes over 400 hours to cast, fit, fettle, paint and assemble, before the weathering process even begins.
The 250 TR is the sixteenth Race Weathered subject to be developed by the Bristol-based firm at 1:8 scale, and the second 250 TR, after chassis 0732TR, also known as ‘Lucybelle II’, was weathered in 2019 with a limited edition of just three models. The burgeoning collection already includes classic racers such as Sir Stirling Moss’ Mercedes-Benz W196 Monoposto and, most recently, the 1965 Le Mans-winning Ferrari 250 LM raced by Masten Gregory and Jochen Rindt.
The 1958 24 Hours of Le Mans lives long in the memories and hearts of Ferrari afficionados. Gendebien and Hills’ victory there clinched the World Sportscar Championship for Scuderia Ferrari for a third successive year. The race itself was dominated by fifteen hours of rain, three of which were torrential, and saw thirteen separate accidents, one sadly killing gentleman-driver Jean-Marie Brussin. Gendebien and Hill held the lead for 22 hours and, when Hill finally crossed the line, it marked the first ever overall Le Mans wins for American and Belgian drivers, and crowned Scuderia Ferrari as victors at the 24 Hours of Le Mans for the third time. The duo finished a dominating twelve laps ahead of their closest opponents in second place and would go on to be the first pairing to record three victories at Le Mans just four years later. Despite the atrocious weather for most of the race, the winners’ race distance of 4,102 km would still have given them fifth place in the previous year's race. Hill would go on to win the Formula 1 World Drivers’ Championship in 1961, whilst Gendebien remains Ferrari’s most successful racer at Le Mans.
“The Ferrari 250 TR is one of the world’s most sought-after cars, and one of the most successful Ferrari racers that has ever existed” Lovatt adds. “We feel immensely privileged to be collaborating on such a project and are delighted that our model captures every aspect of the original so precisely.”
Amalgam Collections’ Race Weathered Ferrari 250 TR at 1:8 scale is available from www.amaglamcollection.com.
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