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MERCEDES-BENZ W196 MONOPOSTO - 1955 BRITISH GP WINNER - RACE WEATHERED

  • 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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We are delighted to introduce a new weathered project at 1:8 scale: a special Limited Edition of five artistically race weathered models of the Mercedes-Benz W196 Monoposto as raced to victory in the 1955 British Grand Prix by Sir Stirling Moss. The weathering details are precisely applied by our artisans using archival imagery to ensure the completed model is a perfect replica of the real car as it finished the race in 1955. Each model is accompanied by an archive quality Giclée print of the car as it crossed the line, selected by Amalgam from the Motorsport Images collection. The artistry applied to these five models underlines our commitment to creating beautiful hand-made pieces which fully capture both the spirit and precise appearance of iconic race cars.

A full twenty years after Mercedes Formula One Championship-winning year in 1934, the German giant returned to the sport with the W196 in 1954. It was no coincidence that this was the first year of the new 2.5 litre engine regulations meaning that a level playing field prevailed. Mercedes took a surprising and different route in their engine development, opting for a long straight eight configuration. This allowed the much smaller engine to rev higher and, combined with a Bosch-developed fuel injection system, allowed for 257 brake horsepower at the debut of the W196, rising to 290 bhp within a year of on-track development.*Winning the manufacturers’ title in 1954, the 1955 season saw a new driver join the team alongside Fangio; a young Stirling Moss. Yet again, Mercedes’ dominance was notable. This model is of the car raced to victory by Stirling Moss at the British Grand Prix at Aintree in July 1955. He led a group of four W196 Monopostos that took first, second, third and fourth places at this new British Grand Prix venue. This was to be Moss’s first Grand Prix win.

This fine 1:8 scale model of the Mercedes-Benz W196 Monoposto has been handcrafted and finished in our workshops with the co-operation and assistance of Mercedes-Benz 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 Mercedes-Benz’s 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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