Porsche 917k Model – 1971 Le Mans Winner – 1:8 Scale Replica from Amalgam Models

Porsche 917k Model – 1971 Le Mans Winner – 1:8 Scale Replica from Amalgam Models

£10,350.00

On its public debut at the 1970 Daytona 24-Hours, John Wyer’s Gulf-liveried team finished first and second, the winning Porsche 917k breaking the distance record by 190 miles. This victory was the start of the 917K’s domination of the World Sportscar Championship for the next two seasons. Porsche’s first overall victory at the 24-Hours of Le Mans soon followed, a momentous occasion for the German marque, but just the start of the results that would follow. Success that year came quickly and resoundingly and in total, the 917K’s first full year of competition would bring seven major victories. 1971 was no different, with six major victories topped by another overall win at Le Mans. Later that year, development of the Can-Am version would start, a car so dominant that the series lost popularity in the United States, never to return.

The Porsche 917K is revered today as one of the most iconic race cars of all time and the car that brought Porsche its first overall victory at the world’s most gruelling race, setting one of the most impressive records of dominance in prototype racing series the world has ever seen. If its racing achievements alone were not enough, the car would go on to be immortalized on the big screen by Steve McQueen in the film ‘Le Mans’.

This fine 1:8 scale Porsche 917K model is based on the #22 car driven to victory by Dutch driver Gijs van Lennep and Austrian racer Helmut Marko at the 24 Hours of Le Mans in 1971. With the ban for over 3.0 litre engine displacements imminent, the race turned into quite the swansong; a long, fast track and extended good weather produced the fastest race in the event’s history to date. There were not many accidents this year, but many cars were delayed or forced to retire due to mechanical problems so only twelve cars were classified as finishers. The Team Martini Porsche at the front of these finished two laps ahead of its rival John Wyer Porsche and an incredible 29 laps (386km) ahead of the third place Ferrari. The two Porsches were the first cars to cover over 5000km at Le Mans, a record that would stand for 39 years, cementing the 917K’s dominance over this era of motorsport.

This Porsche 917K model has been handcrafted and finished in the Amalgam Collection workshops with the co-operation and assistance of Porsche regarding original finishes, materials, archive imagery and drawings. The use of supremely accurate digital scanning of the original car has allowed them to perfectly recreate every detail at scale. Furthermore, it has undergone detailed scrutiny by both engineering and design teams to ensure complete accuracy of representation.

This fine 1:8 scale Amalgam Collections Ferrari 250 TR model has been handcrafted and finished in the Amalgam workshops with the co-operation and assistance of Ferrari regarding original finishes, materials, archive imagery and drawings. The use of accurate digital scanning of the original car has allowed Amalgam to perfectly recreate every detail at scale. Furthermore, it has undergone detailed scrutiny by both Ferrari’s engineering and design teams to ensure complete accuracy of representation.

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