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Inside weird world of ‘mini cars’ which cost MORE than real thing – including £41k ‘Ferrari’ barely big enough for a kid


THE weird world of “mini cars” which cost more than the real thing has been unveiled – including a £41,000 “Ferrari” barely big enough for a kid.

A motors maker has crafted detailed replicas of iconic sports cars that are exactly like the full-sized original models.

The Bugatti Type 59 is a special Edition with Jean-Pierre Wimille Driver Figure

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The Bugatti Type 59 is a special Edition with Jean-Pierre Wimille Driver FigureCredit: amalgamcollection.com
Ferrari 250 GTO costs a whopping £41,000

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Ferrari 250 GTO costs a whopping £41,000Credit: amalgamcollection.com
The Lamborghini Countach LP400 (1974) is made of 199 pieces

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The Lamborghini Countach LP400 (1974) is made of 199 piecesCredit: amalgamcollection.com
Ferrari 499P AF Corse

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Ferrari 499P AF CorseCredit: amalgamcollection.com
McLaren MCL35M 2021 Monaco Grand Prix

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McLaren MCL35M 2021 Monaco Grand PrixCredit: amalgamcollection.com

UK-based company Amalgam, known for creating the most intricate miniature cars, has unveiled a line of Ferrari, Lamborghini and Aston Martin.

Manufacturers have crafted the little cars to perfection based on plans of the original models – including original CAD data, engineering drawings and even paint codes.

Experts used high-resolution pictures and digital snaps to land the perfect mini replicas.

Each 1:8 scale car boasts up to 450 of meticulous work.

Drivers can snap up the kids-sized cars for jaw-dropping prices that can soar up to £30,000.

The £41,750 Ferrari is a 1:4 scale of the original Ralph Lauren sports car from 2009.

The rare motor is only 42.5 inches long with a weight of around 5 kg.

According to Amalgam manufacturers, the mini car has been “hammered from aluminium sheet” and hand-made details.

They said: “We have created several perfectly detailed models of the car at 1:8, but to fully honour the beauty of the body form we have now created a hand-hammered aluminium replica of the 250 GTO body at a quarter the size of the original.

“Each piece has been created from aluminium sheet using traditional panel-beating methodology, forming the panels over a buck, exactly as the original full-size bodies were created by Carozzerie Scaglietti in the early 1960s.”

The £14,835 miniature Lamborghini car is a limited edition made of 199 pieces.

The 20-inch model is based on the first generation of Countach – boasting a 4-litre V12 and 370 horsepower. 

The handcrafted yellow figure includes castings, photo-etchings and CNC metal parts.

This Bugatti Type 59 has been 3D printed and hand-painted in Venice.

The rare model is just 20 inches long – and it can fit in the palm of your hand.

For a whopping £20,755 motorists can also get their hands on a miniature 1935 Belgian GP driven by Jean-Pierre Wimille figure.

The sports car was Ferrari’s last model to scoop the victory at Le Mans in 1965.

The rare miniature is one of just 22 models which have been hand-painted and detailed to imitate the car raced by Masten Gregory and Jochen Rindt at the Circuit de la Sarthe.

The model is 20 inches long and is selling for a staggering £17,375.

The 1:8 scale Ford GT40 comes in just 40 pieces and boasts details manufactured in Bristol.

The car is based on chassis 1075 and it was raced to victory by Jacky Ickx and Jackie Oliver in the 24 Hours of Le Mans at Circuit de la Sarthe in 1969.

Figurine lovers can nab the car for £17,375.

The models also come with an archive quality A1 portrait size Giclée print of the car after its race victory.

The Mercedes-AMG was originally unveiled at the Silverstone Circuit with Hamilton and Russell in February 2022.

But this hand-built replica is only 27 inches long – and it was made using thousands of engineered parts.

The mini car boasts the original CAD design and paint codes from the original Mercedes Petronas Formula 1 Team.

The miniature is selling for a whopping £8,495.

Manufacturers said: “This model was created by the Amalgam Collection, in collaboration with the Memento Group.

“These exquisite models have been developed in the workshops of Amalgam with the assistance of Mercedes-AMG Petronas Formula One Team regarding CAD data, original finishes, materials and original drawings.

“The Mercedes-AMG F1 W13 E Performance has been crafted under licence from Mercedes-Benz Grand Prix Limited.”

Ferrari 250 LM from the 1965 Le Mans winner

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Ferrari 250 LM from the 1965 Le Mans winnerCredit: amalgamcollection.com
The Ford GT40 is a mini replica of the 1969 Le Mans winner

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The Ford GT40 is a mini replica of the 1969 Le Mans winnerCredit: amalgamcollection.com
The Mercedes-AMG is 27 inches long

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The Mercedes-AMG is 27 inches longCredit: amalgamcollection.com



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