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Amalgam Reveals Special Bugatti Type 59 Edition with J.P. Wimille Figure

25 Feb 2024
  • What is the process involved in creating the 22-centimeter tall figure of Jean-Pierre Wimille for the special edition?
  • How did Amalgam approach the design and development of the Bugatti Type 59 model?

The world’s finest model makers, Amalgam Collection, today announces a special Man and Machine edition perfectly capturing Bugatti legend Jean-Pierre Wimille and the Type 59 he raced at Spa-Francorchamps, in the Belgian Grand Prix, on 14th July 1935. This special edition at 1:8 scale is limited to just five model and figure pairings, three of which have already been purchased by distinguished collectors. The model can be ordered in pristine clean pre-race condition, or patinated to reflect the post-race dust and grime.

Jean-Pierre Wimille figure

Jean-Pierre Wimille figure

The figure of Jean-Pierre Wimille that accompanies each model in this special edition stands around 22 centimetres (eight inches) tall, and has been digitally sculpted, 3D printed and exquisitely hand-painted in Venice, Italy, by a small team of artists. After a deep dive into the archives, sourcing historical photographs and descriptions of Wimille’s likeness, the team in Venice have created a figure that accurately represents his physicality and character at the time of the race.

Sandy Copeman, Director of Brand at Amalgam: commented: “We have long wanted to create driver figures that will match the quality of our 1:8 models and sit or stand well alongside them. Our research into his appearance at the time of the race has been deep and extensive. The type of suit he wore, his shoes, his physique and complexion have all been very carefully considered and rendered into this fine figure of J.P. Wimille.”

Bugatti Type 59 model

Bugatti Type 59 model

The Bugatti Type 59 model is the result of around 5000 hours of skilled design and development. The extensive process began with a detailed digital scan of an original Type 59, chassis 59122. Exercising outstanding skill and artistry, Amalgam’s team set about reworking the CAD, before 3D printing and hand working hundreds of patterns. Moulds were made, and every part was cast in prototyping resin, then fettled and fitted, painted and assembled into these impressive artworks. The original prototype only received the approval of the historians at Bugatti once they were fully satisfied with its accuracy of representation. Each subsequent 52 centimetre (20 inch) long piece takes 500 hours to cast, fit, fettle, paint and assemble.

Every visible detail of the car as raced at Spa in July 1935 has been captured and perfectly replicated using archival imagery and data, shared by Bugatti and the Bugatti Trust. The model features a completely removable engine cover which is secured to the model with scaled leather straps, exactly as the original car, under which lies the supercharged 3.3 litre straight-eight engine. Every minute detail has been captured, from the ‘engine turned’ pattern on the dashboard, to the cable brake linkages and the perfectly engineered piano wire spoke wheels. Each wheel is a piece of art, with over 80 parts, demanding several hours of precise assembly work.

For customers that request patination, Amalgam’s artisans will meticulously hand-paint and detail the model to reflect its condition post-race.

The ultimate expression of the Bugatti Grand Prix car, the Type 59 was a testament to Ettore and Jean Bugatti’s extraordinarily creative engineering talents. In an era when the art of race car design was arguably superseded by the science, the Type 59 remained competitive despite its continued use of ‘old-fashioned’ mechanics. It remains Bugatti’s last successful Grand Prix racer.

Jean-Pierre Wimille is considered one of the finest racers of all time and was cited as a paragon by even the great Juan Manuel Fangio. Joining the Bugatti racing team as the giants of Mercedes and Auto Union began to dominate Grand Prix racing, the fact that Bugatti remained competitive was testament to Wimille’s abilities.

“This very small and exquisite edition of the Bugatti Type 59 and Jean Pierre Wimille is just the start” continues Copeman, “we look forward to sharing more very refined and perfectly posed figures of motorsport icons going forward.”

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Amalgam Collection has today revealed that they have started development of a Limited Edition of 1:18 scale models perfectly replicating the unique Ferrari 812 Competizione Tailor Made that sold at auction for $5.1m in New York, last October. Limited to 250 pieces, this special Art Car edition is a celebration of the passion and artistry of Ferrari Centro Stile, and will become a much sought-after collectable, especially appealing to Ferrari’s most ardent followers who also appreciate art and design. The creative team at Amalgam anticipate that the edition of models will be completed by their artisans in Autumn 2024. Currently, models in this exceptional edition are only available to pre-order directly from Amalgam Collection.

The new Limited Edition of 250 1:18 scale models follows in the footsteps of the creation by Amalgam of a unique 1:8 scale model last year. The handcrafted 1:8 model was donated by Amalgam Collection and raised significant funding for the Ferrari Foundation, alongside the real car that fetched $5.1 million USD.

Using the original CAD data supplied by Ferrari Centro Stile, Amalgam’s artisans have been able to perfectly recreate the form and every refined detail of the livery of the unique 812 Competizione Tailor Made. The model only received the approval of Chief Design Officer Flavio Manzoni and his design team once they were fully satisfied with its accuracy of representation.

Sandy Copeman, Founder of Amalgam Collection, commented: “While our models are often described as works of art, and are indeed artistic in their creation, in truth, since they deliver the essence of the cars they represent, ultimately the beauty of our models is dependent on the beauty of the car they capture. In this instance, there is no question that both the car and models are art.”

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