Selecting the perfect present requires the finest gift guide
Bristol, UK, 8th of November
Searching for the perfect present can be a tiresome process without the right inspiration. This year, however, the finest model makers in the world are here to assist. To facilitate those looking to spread the cheer with a gift of real value this year, Amalgam Collection have curated this list of potential offerings for various personalities.
The DesignerFormula 1 Concept 2022 Sculpture – £140
Amalgam’s growing range of beautiful miniature sculptures are perfect for those who favour form over function. The 2022 Concept Sculpture captures the essence of the new aero regulations era of Formula 1 and distils it into a fine collectable piece. Designed by automotive artist Remco de Reus, each sculpture is hand cast, hand finished, primed, plated in aluminium and finally clear lacquered and polished.
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The Formula 1 FanaticFerrari F1-75 Steering Wheel at 1:4 scale – £240
The Ferrari F1-75 1:4 scale steering wheel would make an ideal gift for followers of motorsport’s top echelon, particularly those who don the racing red of Ferrari. Each model is based on the steering wheel used by Charles Leclerc and Carlos Sainz during the 2022 FIA Formula 1 World Championship season. Crafted and finished in the workshops of Amalgam, these steering wheel replicas have received approval from the Scuderia Ferrari Formula 1 team following detailed scrutiny.
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The Art AdmirerLotus 72D Fine Art Silkscreen Print by Alan Thornton – £750
For those looking to decorate their walls with an automotive masterpiece, Amalgam have partnered with artist and photographer Alan Thornton in a remarkable and beautiful collaboration. Using hand pulled screen printing, Alan has rendered the image onto Naturalis paper at a large size: 1.0 metres wide and 0.7 metres high. This particular silkscreen print exhibits an image of the very Lotus 72D driven by Emerson Fittipaldi to Drivers’ and Constructors’ World Championship victories in 1972.
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The ConnoisseurJaguar E-Type Roadster at 1:18 scale – £845
Often hailed as the most beautiful production road car of all time, the sublime Jaguar E-type Series 1 stirred passions in automotive aficionados the world over when launched at the Geneva Salon in 1961. Amalgam’s recreation of this icon at 1:18 scale will unquestionably prove popular with any classic car connoisseur. The models are handcrafted in small batches with the co-operation and assistance of Jaguar Classic regarding original finishes, materials, archive imagery and drawings.
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The Endurance DevoteeFord GT40 at 1:18 scale – £845
One of the most iconic racing cars of all time, Amalgam’s edition of the Ford GT40 at 1:18 scale precisely replicates chassis #1075, as raced at the 24 Hours of Le Mans in the hands of Jacky Ickx and Jackie Oliver on the 14th and 15th June 1969. Development commenced using data supplied after scanning an original GT40, owned by a client of Amalgam, necessitating over 800 hours of development which only concluded once the experts at the Ford Archive and Heritage department were fully satisfied with the accuracy of representation.
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The HistorianPorsche 917 KH – Race Weathered at 1:18 scale – £1355
For those yearning a real historical motorsport artefact, Amalgam have created an art piece of arguably greater value in their Race Weathered series of models. This particular example, based on chassis number 917-053 as raced to victory by Gijs van Lennep and Helmut Marko at the 24 Hours of Le Mans on the 12th and 13th of June 1971, is limited to just 100 pieces at 1:18 scale. Each model has been meticulously hand-painted and detailed by the artists in the company’s Bristol workshop to show every detail of the race dirt and damage, from the oils stains and mud that adorned the bright white livery right down to the car’s damaged front left corner and missing headlight cover.
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The ReaderFerrari Monza SP1/SP2 Limited Edition Book – £3275
A true prize for the bibliophile, this beautifully presented and bound book is limited to just 499 numbered copies worldwide, much like the car it is based on. Each tome celebrates a fresh but already iconic Ferrari car, chronicling the inspiration, evolution and creation of the Monza SP1/SP2. Appealing deeply to Ferrari owners and collectors alike, the book also contains a double page spread personally signed by members of the car’s production team, and is printed on the finest eco-friendly Italian paper with a wealth of details that celebrate the Monza SP1/SP2: the carbon-fibre binding, the spine in the same leather used for some of the cockpit details, and a beautiful aluminium case lined entirely in Alcantara®.
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The EngineerBugatti Chiron Engine and Gearbox at 1:4 scale – £10,970
An incredibly precise recreation of a true mechanical marvel, this 1:4 scale model is a very highly detailed and meticulously finished example of the Bugatti Chiron’s immense W16 engine. With some 1,040 individual parts, this 1:4 scale replica measures in at 44cm (18in) long and 22cm (9in) high and shows every visible detail of the engine right down to the numerous parts labels and barcodes. The accurate replication of the actual engine has relied heavily on Amalgam’s close relationship with the Bugatti design team.
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The Amalgam Collection Bespoke service – £10k+
For the owners who simply cannot be separated from their machines, there is the Amalgam Collection Bespoke Programme. The artisans will create a superbly and deeply detailed model replicating every aspect of the car’s specification, finishing the model with the precise colour of the paint and the interior finishes. Utilising their close relationships with the top luxury and sportscar manufacturers, every visible aspect of the car will be perfectly reproduced at 1:8 scale or larger, building a perfect representation of the precious original in every detail.
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ABOUT AMALGAM COLLECTION AND THEIR HISTORY
- Amalgam are recognised worldwide as makers of the finest hand-made large-scale models. Their work is unique in its attention to detail, with a focus on creating models that truly capture the style and spirit of each car. They have dedicated all their skill and passion to achieving a level of excellence that raises the impact and value of each finished piece to a level far above anything previously created.
- For owners of cars they have already modelled at 1:8 in a limited edition, for which the tooling already exists, they offer a tailormade service, customising a model to perfectly match the specification of the real car.
- For owners of unique very high value cars, Amalgam Collection offer an even bigger 1:5 or 1:4 ‘one-off’ model build from their UK workshops in Bristol, England. They will digitally scan the car wherever it is in the world and take up to a thousand pictures of every detail, allowing them to perfectly and accurately replicate everything at scale. Given the significant number of hours required to develop a unique model the costs are high, so the model is built at a very large scale to maximise the impact and detail, and to deliver the ultimate finished piece.
Amalgam Collection’s design, management and development heart is in England, with extraordinarily skilled and dedicated teams producing the bigger editions in Hungary and China. They are a multinational, multicultural team of crafts-men and women, dedicated to creating the world’s most precise, beautiful and exclusive models. Inspired by the F1 teams and iconic luxury car marques of England and Italy that they serve and partner with, they take huge pride in their mission to perfectly capture the designs, and honour the designers, drivers and creators of the automotive art they love.
Originally a partnership of four talented model-makers formed in 1985, from the start Amalgam created finely tuned models for the most important UK and German designers and architects. Working closely with Norman Foster’s team on the Hong Kong and Shanghai Bank and on the Hong Kong Airport project was a fast, steep learning curve which quickly opened their eyes to subtle aesthetics and refined engineering. Working with such gifted architects their passion and desire to model the very best designs was ignited, which in due course led them to Williams F1 and Adrian Newey who were dominating the F1 championship in 1995, then on to Maranello and to the massively important design heritage of Enzo Ferrari in 1999, and latterly to the works of Pininfarina and Ettore Bugatti.
The seminal performance and luxury car designers of the early to mid-20th century were obsessed with achieving ever higher speeds, lighter and more powerful engines, more streamlined bodies, an impassioned quest that inevitably resulted in elegant and beautiful solutions as a consequence of stretching the supreme excellence of the craftsmanship and engineering to the very limits of what could be achieved at the time.
The companies that today bear these iconic names continue to be inspired, and their creativity is still fuelled, by the extraordinary passion and genius of their founders. Amalgam Collection too find inspiration in the creations of the founders and their companies who continue to design and create automotive artworks.
Recognising the beauty and importance of these designs Amalgam Collection have utterly dedicated their energy and passion to modelling these cars to a level of accuracy, precision and excellence that raises the finished replica to a level far beyond anything previously created. Amalgam have chosen to work at a scale of 1:8 which is widely acknowledged to be the most satisfying scale to comprehend the entirety of a car’s design at a glance, whilst in addition showing the most minute details.
To create perfect scale replicas of modern cars they use original CAD data supplied by the manufacturer and work closely with the design team to perfect their rendition of the interior and exterior finishes.
With regard to classics, in their quest for supreme accuracy and authenticity Amalgam’s team goes to great lengths to locate the best examples of original cars and digitally scans them to capture the precise shape and proportions of every part of the car including the chassis, engine and drive train. In addition, 600 to 800 photographs of every aspect and detail of each car are shot, to ensure a complete understanding of the finishes and detailing. The resulting models beautifully and precisely capture the entirety of the original and are impossible to discern from a real car in photographs.
Amalgam is the only maker of model cars in the world that can be considered alongside a maker of luxury watches like Richard Mille or Hublot. In fact, Richard Mille is an Amalgam patron who recognising a shared passion for engineering detail and perfection has commissioned from Amalgam Collection many unique models of his own cars and those he sponsors.
HOW THE MODELS ARE CREATED
- The patterns are created using original CAD from the manufacturer, or extraordinarily accurate digital scans and hundreds of photographs of an original classic car.
- The patterns are used to create silicon rubber moulds that capture every detail.
- Prototyping resin is used to cast the parts from the silicon moulds. Around 20 to 30 parts can be cast from each mould and then a new one must be made.
- Each model is built from thousands of parts: castings, photo-etchings and CNC machined metal components.
- Genuine car paints and manufacturer or archive colour references are used to spray the bodywork.
- It takes between 2,500 and 4,500 hours to develop the tooling for each model.
- It takes between 250 and 450 hours to cast, fit, fettle, paint and build each model.
Every Amalgam Fine Model Car is made entirely by hand from thousands of parts. Detailed original CAD data is supplied by the car's manufacturer or the race team of the car to be modelled. The process of developing each model and creating the master patterns takes between 2,500 and 4,500 hours of skilled work depending on the complexity of the car, with classic cars taking the longest.
In the case of the classic cars an extremely accurate digital scan is made of the car, and hundreds of photographs of all the details of a carefully selected original car are taken, to ensure complete accuracy and adherence to the authentic finishes and materials. Many parts of the model are machined from metal with the major components hand cast from prototyping resin. Each model is individually assembled by a small team of highly skilled model-makers. In total the time taken to machine, cast, hand fettle, paint, polish and assemble each model is between 250 and 450 hours of highly skilled work depending on the complexity of the car.
The finished model is a very precise scale replica of the original car with every detail perfectly and authentically represented at an 8th of the original size. This is modelling elevated to such a high level that it becomes an art form.
Since 1995 Amalgam have been admired and hugely respected by leading designers and engineers in the European automotive industry, as well as F1 designers, drivers and team principals. Amalgam's models appear on the desks of CEOs and presidents of the world's most important car companies. Due to the extreme accuracy and authenticity of Amalgam's creations, made in small limited editions, they are also much sought after by devoted collectors of fine handmade objects across Europe and in the USA.