This is an incredible 1:8 scale Bugatti 57G ‘Tank’ of which only three were ever produced with only one remaining and its detail is extraordinary…
Only three Type 57 Tanks were ever produced, the first of which disappeared shortly after its introduction at the Paris Auto Salon in 1936, never to be seen again. This model is based on the second of that famous Bugatti trio.
It was back in 1934 when Bugatti introduced the imperious Type 57 with its special ‘S’ racing engine and lighter crankshaft, blazing a trail for its iconic head-turning Atlantic and Atalante models.
Prior to racing on the track ‘the aerodynamic mule’ or prototype was put through its paces on June 7, 1936, at Montlhéry and it quickly became evident this thirsty beast was hungry for success. Those behind the preparation didn’t have to wait long as it would go on to win the French Grand Prix later that year, piloted by Jean-Pierre Wimille and Raymond Sommer. They completed the 80 laps in 7:58:52.7, emerging the victors by 50.6 seconds.
Success followed in just 12 months as Wimille and Robert Benoist piloted the 57G to victory once again in the 24 Hours of Le Mans after completing 243 laps – an impressive seven more than their closest rivals in second place. Many experts say the Type 57Gs took first place in every single race they competed in.
Some accounts say that the Type 57Gs won every major race they were entered in. At the end of the 1939 Le Mans race, Bugatti was 26 miles ahead of the second-place car.
The illustrious Wimille would go on to win the race again two years later in the third Tank, the Type 57C. Sadly, designer Jean Bugatti was involved in a fatal accident in that very car, only a few weeks after it had stormed to Le Mans victory. The Le Mans winning vehicle, chassis number 57335, is the only remaining Tank to exist and is currently on display at the Simeone Foundation Automotive Museum in Philadelphia.
This perfect 1:8 scale recreation has been handcrafted at the Amalgam workshops working in synergy with the assistance of the manufacturer regarding original finishes, materials, archive imagery, and drawings.
Externally, the incredible detail even allows the onlooker to witness the differential casing through the spare wheel orifice mounting area and the bullet-proof straight-eight engine that set records for 100 kilometers, 100 miles, 200 kilometers, and 1 hour at the record average speed of 217.941 km/h. Bonnet catches also perform exactly as the original model would have back in 1934.
Sandy Copeman, one of the founders of Amalgam back in 1985:
“Every Amalgam Fine Model Car is made entirely by hand from thousands of parts. Detailed original CAD data is supplied by the car’s manufacturer or the race team of the car to be modeled. The process of developing each model and creating the master patterns takes between 2,500 and 4,500 hours of skilled work depending on the complexity of the car, with classic cars taking the longest.”
There is one downside… the stunning Bugatti Type 57G ‘Tank’ is limited to only 199 pieces and will cost anyone looking to expand their collection around £13,255.00…
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