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Lotus 38 - 1965 Indianapolis 500 Winner

  • Created by Amalgam recognized globally as makers of the finest hand-made large-scale models
  • Unique work in its attention to detail and level of accuracy, precision and excellence
  • 1:8 scale model replica (approx. 60 cm | 24 inches in length) supplied in a luxury black box with protective outer carrying sleeve
  • Model mounted on a polished black acrylic base protected by a clear acrylic dust cover
  • Model title and original branding displayed on a polished stainless-steel plaque at the front end of the base
  • Booklet containing the certificate of authenticity along with information and collateral material about the car
  • Global shipping from Europe, delivered in special protective packaging
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Designed by Colin Chapman and Len Terry, the Lotus 38 was built to win the Indianapolis 500. A reinvention of the previous Lotus 29 and 34 Indianapolis designs, the 38 was built with a full monocoque tub chassis. It was powered by the same four-cam Ford V8 fuel injected engine that was used in the 34, providing around 500bhp. Though the 38 was significantly larger than Formula One cars of the era, it was still dwarfed by the massive American roadsters. The 38 was also specially designed with an offset suspension, which in theory, was better suited to the oval track of the Indy 500. This style of suspension would never catch on though, as it made the car’s handling quite peculiar. In total, eight Lotus 38s were built.

The Lotus 38 became the spearhead of the “British Invasion” of American racing as it became the first mid-engine car to win the Indy 500. Driven by Scotsman Jim Clark, the No. 82 car qualified second with a four-lap average speed of 160.729mph, just behind Anthony Joseph Foyt in a modified Lotus 34. Clark started the race quickly, taking the early initiative, and, although Foyt passed him on the second lap, Clark regained the lead one lap later. It took until lap 65 before the lead would change hands again as Clark pitted, before he re-claimed the top spot on lap 74 when Foyt pitted himself. After this, Clark never lost the lead, meaning he had led 190 of the 200 laps, the most since Bill Vukovich fifteen years prior. Clark became the first non-American winner of the Indy 500 since 1916 and would go on to win the 1965 Formula One World Championship, despite skipping the Monaco Grand Prix to compete at The Brickyard. He is the only driver in history to win the Indy 500 and Formula One World Championship in the same year.

This perfect 1:8 scale model is of the Indy 500-winning car, as driven to victory by Jim Clark, has been handcrafted and finished in our workshops with the co-operation and assistance of Lotus regarding original finishes, materials, archive imagery and drawings. The use of supremely accurate digital scanning of the original car has allowed us 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.

Scale guide

Amalgam Collection occupies a unique place in the history of fine car models, fashioning unrivaled examples of the world’s most iconic and luxurious cars at scale.

At Amalgam Collection, models are created at a range of scales, with the primary focus on 1:18 and 1:8 models. This scale represents the ratio between the size of a model and its full-size counterpart. Put simply, the bigger the number to the right of the colon, the smaller the model car. The 1:18 scale models are approximately 25 centimeters (10 inches) in length.

How it's done

All Amalgam models beautifully and precisely capture the entirety of the original, and are impossible to discern from a real car in photographs. To create these perfect scale replicas of modern cars, CAD design, 3D printing, and CNC machining are combined with traditional machining and hand working techniques to create the most accurate and faithfully detailed models.

With regards to classics, digital scans of the original cars and around 1000 reference photographs are used to capture the precise shape and proportions of every part of the car including the chassis, engine and drivetrain. It can take over 4000 hours to develop a 1:8 scale prototype, and each subsequent model takes between 250 and 450 hours to cast, fit, fettle, paint and build.

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