Gentlemen, start your engines and prepare to feast your eyes on the ultimate man cave addition. Hammacher Schlemmer is auctioning off a full-sized Porsche 917 replica, but this is no ordinary replica. Concealed within is a 1:32-scale working wooden slot car track that is a faithful homage to the iconic Le Mans raceway. Now that’s a conversation piece that will leave your mates green with envy.
Dubbed the Porsche 917 Le Mans Raceway (Item 12005), the current bid stands at a cool USD$125,000. But let’s face it; this isn’t just some pricey plaything; it’s a work of art that’ll make you consider pulling off a heist. This motorway masterpiece comes with all the bells and whistles, from genuine race-worn GT prototype tyres on aluminium three-piece rims to working headlights and taillights. And at the touch of a button, the cowling opens like a clamshell, unveiling the meticulously crafted track within.
The raceway itself is a thing of beauty. We could only dream of crafting something like this with Hot Wheels tracks! Sticklers for history will adore the handcrafted details, realistic landscaping, illuminated period signage, and hand-detailed aluminium Armco guardrails with weathered wooden posts. And to top it all off, the Porsche 917 Le Mans Raceway even comes with 12 limited-edition slot cars, including dominant racing models from 1970-1971, such as the Porsche 917, Ferrari 512 Coda Lunga, and Lola T70.
Being a true-to-life recreation of the 24 Hours of Le Mans circuit as depicted in the 1971 Steve McQueen movie Le Mans, the design is centred around the legendary endurance race, showcasing the intense competition, passion, and dedication of the drivers and teams involved in the event.
The track features a pit lane with 19 period-correct cars and crews, complete with the Gulf-livery 917 that McQueen’s character, Michael Delaney, drives in the film. The player station is equipped with power switches and a pair of analogue trigger controllers, allowing for a two-car race at any given time. So, all you need to get racing are the dual analogue controllers provided (it sounds like a boy’s night is brewing).
In the film, McQueen’s character drives a Gulf-livery Porsche 917, one of history’s most famous and successful race cars. The 917 played a crucial role in Porsche’s success during the late 1960s and early 1970s, particularly at the 24 Hours of Le Mans, where it secured the company’s first overall wins in 1970 and 1971.
Detroit-based Slot Mods is renowned for its museum-worthy bespoke wooden slot car tracks, but getting your hands on one usually requires deep pockets and a lot of patience. If you’re keen on owning one of these stunning creations without the hassle of designing it yourself, this auction is your golden ticket.
So, lads, if you’ve got the funds and fancy being the envy of all your friends, it’s time to place your bid on this awe-inspiring Porsche 917 Le Mans Raceway. Trust us; your mates will be begging for an invite to your next race night.
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