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 |  Jan 20 2012, 8:35 PM

What do you get the car enthusiast who has nothing? We’ve got the perfect gift – a scale model Classic Wreck.

It may look like it’s meant to be displayed proudly on cement blocks on the front lawn, but Classic Wrecks are ideal for the underachieving man’s office or den. These junkyard-bound cars are 1/24 scale models that boast broken windows, bumps, scrapes and rusted and/or missing parts. A few of the beauties that have seen better days include a 1957 Thunderbird, a 1996 Chevrolet Corvette and a 1927 Lincoln.

Any man can buy a scale model 1960 Ferrari or Lamborghini Aventador (ok, maybe not that one), but it takes a guy who’s confident that he doesn’t need a flashy car to define his work ethic to display a Classic Wreck. And besides, at $40 to $70 per model, you don’t have to work long to afford one. You can buy one of these masterpieces on Esty.

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 |  Nov 18 2011, 12:00 PM

Ralph Lauren doesn’t just design fabulous clothes – he’s also the owner of an exclusive exotic car collection. And while this collection may be a bit out of reach of us ordinary folks, you can bring home one of the limited edition scale models.

Just in time for the holiday season, these models measure in at 1:8 scale and will perfectly complement any enthusiast’s collection. The scale models include Lauren’s $40 million 1938 Bugatti 57 SC Atlantic Coupé, his $25 million 1962 Ferrari 250 GTO, 1958 Ferrari 250 Testa Rossa and 1996 McLaren F1 LM. It also marks the first time the iconic designer has allowed models of his prized collection to be made.

When designing these models, the cars were digitally scanned, which allowed them to boast details that are accurate to one tenth of a millimeter over the length of the vehicle. It took 3,000 hours to create each of the prototypes – that’s about the same amount of time it takes to completely restore a full-sized classic car. Each model sits on a custom-designed base with a removable covering.

The full-sized exotic automobiles were recently on display at the Musée des Arts Décoratifs in Paris for the Art of the Automobile: Masterpieces from the Ralph Lauren Collection show. Models are priced at $9,500 and are available through Ralph Lauren Home.

 |  Apr 28 2011, 8:13 PM

Well, you can’t afford the real thing, and chances are, you can’t afford the replica either. We’d all like to get behind the wheel of a 1960 Ferrari 250 California Spyder SWB, but let’s face it – unless a magic lamp falls out of the sky to grant us three wishes, there’s no way we could afford the real thing, and as it turns out, even a 1:8 scale replica.

The latest in Amalgam Fine Model Cars line up, the 1960 Ferrari 250 California Spyder SWB has been shrunk down to an intricately detailed 1:8 scale replica. Measuring in at about 24 inches, these models, made by a team of highly skilled model makers, took about 4,000 hours of work to design and create. Add to that another 350 to each individual model to finish and build, and you’ll realize why it costs so much.

Detailed right down to the last point, this replica also includes the engine bay, chassis, drive train, suspension and the cockpit. There are only 199 of these beauties being made, and each one comes with a signed certificate of authentication and a unique edition numbered plate on the base. You can place this on your desk for the not-so-small price of $6,555. To buy it now, visit the Ferrari Store here.