A press release landed in my inbox this morning. That’s not weird, of course as I get plenty of those every day. Most are instant deletes. But this one caught my eye because it featured pictures of a very distinct Porsche 935. That would be the red Hawaiian Tropic liveried machine once raced by Paul Newman and run at the 24 Hours of Le Mans. Every single Porsche 935 is awesome. These cars wore fantastic schemes, produced tremendous power, and won lots of races. The Dick Barbour Hawaiian Tropic car shown above placed 2nd overall at the 1979 Le Mans and the car finishing in front of it? A Porsche 935. But the car above isn’t the real race car. It’s a hand-built 1:8 scale replica and it costs $5,300.
The world of high-end scale replicas follows a cost trendline similar to that of high-end watches. Similar but not as insane, mind you. Well non-relatively speaking because ultra-high-end watches cost more houses. At the top, as far as I know, sits a company called Amalgam. They are the ones who make news for $10,000 replicas of Bugatti Chirons and the like. The car shown above is offered by an outfit called Real Art Replica as part of the Acme Trading Company.
You should check out the Acme site because there are other far more affordable options, including a very cool 1:64 Ford Trans-Am Mustang with a matching Ford transport truck for twenty bucks. That’s a lot for a 1:64 scale replica, but it feels about 265 times better than the asking price of the Porsche. To be fair to the 935 though, that is a massive piece of art at 1:8 scale. Especially since it’s all hand-assembled and being offered in a limited quantity of somewhere between 20 and 40 units.
I’ll never spend that much on a scale replica. I think even if I owned the real thing I wouldn’t since I, you know, have the real thing. The real one, by the way, cost owner Adam Carolla $4.4 million back in 2015. So maybe this scale one is a deal at 1:830 the cost.
What’s the most you’d spend on a scale-model vehicle and no, Miatas don’t count here today…