As I don’t have authorship at LALD, would one of you mind helping out? Thanks in advance!

If you made it to the end of my previous post about the BC you would have seen the above collection of display cases. I had initially thought they were MSO items, but upon closer inspection I had stumbled across something even better. I thought I’d share.

If you’ve never heard of the Amalgam Collection think of them as this: same business model as Auto Art, only in much smaller numbers (in the hundreds per batch), 1:8 scale models are custom tailored to order, everything is hand assembled, and manufacturers are brought in to validate the finished products. As you can imagine this kind of quality doesn’t come cheap and price tags are often in the four-five figure range, if you can even find a copy to begin with.

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Take the above photo, from the BC article, for example. It’s based on Pfaff’s gloss carbon Huayra Coupe which debuted a couple of years ago, and which I saw for myself last year at the auto show (pictured below).

As it was probably Pfaff themselves who submitted a formal request, I guess it would only make sense for them to get model no.01 of 199. And that’s another thing: every model can be optioned with a plethora of display case options, right down to the plaques and built in lighting. I didn’t get a good chance to examine the raw carbon work myself, but thankfully Amalgam has a handy sale page available, with in depth pictures for you to admire! (also take note of that price tag)

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Pfaff Pagani being so small it wouldn’t make much sense to build a dedicated building for it, so they are piggy backing off McLaren Toronto - another Pfaff Auto partner firm. I suppose this is a good thing since it means the other four display cases can house relevant items!

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During the time I was at the dealership there was a brand new 675LT coupe present, a fitting real-world counterpart to the 1:8 scale McLarens lining the windows.

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While some have been fortunate enough to see these two together in real life, I’m perfectly content with the diecast combination. The stark contrast between these two, from a technological standpoint, is a great example of how well executed McLaren’s plans to return to consumer-grade exotic cars has been.

And yes, it was plated too - a relatively low number being the trend here.

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This was totally unplanned, but there just happened to be a Mantis Green 650S Spyder outside the dealership and it lined up perfectly well with the start of the P11 chassis - a Volcano Orange 12C Coupe, of which there were five others on the property.

Going back in time slightly further we have the MP4-26 as campaigned by Lewis Hamilton in the 2011 Chinese Grand Prix. While it’s no MP4-30, it’s definitely refreshing to go back in time and remember what the sport was like, untainted by the mess of regulations we have to deal with now.

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A close up on the front wing elements and you begin to take note of the fine craftsmanship behind each model, as well as the level of detail they can replicate when it comes to even carbon composites.

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But what stole the show for me is seeing one of the most well known F1 GTRs on oppo - none other than the winning Le Mans car from 1995, in it’s full clinic livery.

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In this instance its not just about the exterior elements, but the replication of the cockpit as well. Every model produced is based off of CAD data either provided by the manufacturers / clients or scanned themselves, so the level of replication is similar in accuracy to any current day AAA racing title.

With the glass domes on my interaction with the models was pretty limited, but the F1 GTR has no windows so all is well! This is a downscaled photo from the original resolution, but if we just crop in on the steering wheel...

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There we go. Don’t get me wrong, I would absolutely love to own Autoart stuff (or one of those snazzy Hot Wheels that seem to be popular around here) myself, but one cannot help but to lust after these models after taking a glance inside.

It’s a shame I wasn’t able to get a better peek around the models, or the rest of the dealership for that matter. I’ll bet you they have tons of cool stuff hidden away over the years. Maybe next time.