Missed the Chance to Buy a McLaren P1? How About a Miniature One?

Amalgam 1:8 McLaren P1 Miniature 1 photo
Photo: McLaren Automotive
Don't be sad if the McLaren P1's production run has ended without you buying one. There's still a chance of owning this magnificent beast. No, not from the second-hand market, but straight from the automaker. And for as low as $15!
By now you have, of course, realized that we're not talking about an actual McLaren P1. The British manufacturer has announced a line of official miniatures, ranging from 1:64 (75 mm) scale to 1:8 (595 mm) and costing as much as $12,000.

The smallest miniature models are built in association with Mattel-HotWheels, in many styles. If you're a DIY guy, you can start with something made out of Lego. The Danish foot injury provider is offering a Volcano Yellow McLaren P1 as part of the Speed Champions series.

If you want something a little closer to an actual sports car, not just something to put on your mantlepiece, Scalextric and Maisto can give you a hand. The former now includes in its range a McLaren P1 slot car. While the latter offers a highly-detailed, radio-controlled 1:14 scale car, complete with working headlights and tail lights. If you get the perspective right, you can take a very convincing selfie with it.

The impressive marketing effort continues with resin or die cast 1:43 scale models by TSM, AutoArt, Minichamps, and Technomodel. These miniatures include Job#1 - the first production car built, the Nurburgring edition XP2R prototype, the camouflaged P1 prototype, the P1 Jenson Button drove at Goodwood during the world premiere, and the PP3 pre-production model.

The "creme de la creme" for people who really want to spoil themselves and already have the full-scale McLaren P1, Amalgam Fine Model Cars can make you an exact replica in 1:8 scale. Handcrafted with a precision of 0.1 mm, this one is made on order. Although, for $12,000, you could probably build a half-decent, road-going replica. Or you could stop by your local dealer and buy an actual new car, like the Nissan Versa Sedan.
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