The automotive artists of Amalgam Collection have recently revealed the first images of their Aston Martin DB5 Vantage model, the most recent development in their 1:8 scale flagship range. Often billed as the “most famous car in the world”, the Aston Martin DB5 has been precisely replicated in the workshops of the Bristol-based company in its most iconic shade of Silver Birch, and Amalgam are now accepting deposits for the first batches of models nearing completion in the coming weeks.
Working from CAD data developed from a digital scan of an original DB5 Vantage, the artisans develop a prototype, meticulously scaling down the data to ensure that the details are brought to life in miniature. Moulds are created for the individual parts, with metal, carbon fibre and rubber used to create each piece of the intricate construction, while some parts are produced by 3-D printers. The DB5 Vantage model necessitated over 5000 hours of development and the resulting prototype only received the approval of the designers and engineers at Aston Martin once they were fully satisfied with its accuracy of representation. Measuring over 57cm (22in) long, each subsequent model will take 500 hours to cast, fit, fettle, paint and assemble, capturing every last detail of the car. The model is strictly limited to just 199 pieces, and features opening doors, engine cover and trunk, revealing the authentic detailing of car’s 3995cc naturally aspirated straight-six engine and all-black interior.
Amalgam’s astonishingly detailed scale models are already well known to many classic and luxury car owners worldwide
Amalgam’s Director of Brand, Sandy Copeman, said “The target is to produce a model that looks exactly like the real car. There should be nothing that gives the game away. If you can take a high-resolution photograph and put it in front of somebody, and they have no idea whether they’re looking at a model or the real car, then we’ve done our job.”
Aside from the strictly limited edition of 199 models, owners of the real car can also commission a perfect replica of their car’s specification through Amalgam’s exclusive tailor-made service. Utilising their deep relationships with the engineers and historians at Aston Martin, the artisans have access to historical specification data and archive imagery to allow the most faithful representation of a client’s vehicle in all details. From the exterior paint colour and license plates, right down to the wooden-rimmed wheel, every visible aspect of a car will be perfectly reproduced in miniature. Every bespoke Aston Martin model is unique, so every client can be assured of complete exclusivity in their purchase.
Amalgam’s astonishingly detailed and realistic large-scale models are already well known to many classic and luxury car owners worldwide, and the DB5 Vantage model extends the cooperation between Amalgam and luxury automotive manufacturer Aston Martin. The relationship between the two marques stretches back over fifteen years to the 2000s, when Amalgam produced limited 1:8 scale editions of the road going DB9 and Vanquish, and Aston Martin Racing’s DBR9 and LMP1 24 Hours of Le Mans entries. More recently, Amalgam released a series of models based on the Aston Martin DB4 GT Zagato known as ‘1 VEV’, exactly as it was raced at the 1961 RAC Goodwood Tourist Trophy in the hands of Roy Salvadori. Copeman continues: “Without emotion, without passion, we couldn’t create the objects we make. The Aston Martin brand generates so much excitement and is consistently deemed the coolest automotive brand in the world. It has been an honour to work closely with them, replicating their most iconic cars over the last fifteen years. I look forward to our future collaborations.”
The Aston Martin DB5 is widely considered to be amongst the most beautiful cars ever made, and is renowned as being among the most desirable and sought-after classic Aston Martin model. Certainly, it is one of the most beloved, thanks largely to its now eternal association with a certain agent of international espionage. Copeman adds “The DB5 has become a byword for timeless style and sports car desirability. We feel immensely privileged to be collaborating on a such a project and are delighted that our model captures every aspect of the original so precisely.”