Christmas Gift Ideas for Gearheads: Miniature Supercars You Can Afford
The world’s most iconic supercars in a boxby Ciprian Florea, on
It’s almost Christmas and it’s time to finish up that gift list you’ve been working on. Buying gifts isn’t always easy, but we’re here to help. Whether it’s for the Secret Santa at the work place or just for a friend, we have a few cool ideas for the car enthusiast.
Sure, you can always go with accessories, books about cars, or a ticket to a racing event, but you can’t go wrong with a scale model car. Especially if it replicates a supercar that no one of us, the Average Joes, will ever afford. Is the recipient dreaming about buying a supercar someday? Well, why not get him started with a miniature. There’s plenty to choose from and our list doesn’t even begin to cover it. Let’s have a look.
Lamborghini Aventador SV - AUTOart
The ultimate embodiment of the Aventador, the SV is a model you can’t go wrong with. The quickest Lambo on the Nurburgring, it’s already an iconic car alongside the Miura, Countach, and Diablo. This 1:18 scale miniature is around 10.5 inches long, and it’s made by AUTOart, a high-end model car manufacturer. It has loads of opening parts, allowing the receiver to look inside the cabin or under the hood. It has all sorts of cool details too, like a realistic dashboard, carpeted floor, and detailed engine and brakes. You can choose between six colors, all based on the SV’s actual color palette: blue, white, grey, black, orange, and yellow. Prices start from around $200 on Amazon.
Read our full review on the 2015 Lamborghini Aventador SV.
Bugatti Chiron - Bburago
The Chiron has been around long enough for model manufacturers to make scale models of it. You can get a 1:18 version from Bburago, the Italian company that’s been making miniature cars for decades now. They’re not as detailed as the ones from AUTOart, but the shape and the important details are spot on. The good news is that the lack of premium details translates into a more affordable sticker too. You can get one for as low as $36.
If you’re willing to spend more, you can get a bigger, 1:12 scale version from Kyosho. The details are far more accurate and the model car is notably bigger at almost 15 inches. But of course, it costs a lot more, so you’ll have to get around $350 out of your pocket for one.
Read our full review on the 2018 Bugatti Chiron.
Koenigsegg One:1 - AUTOart
The One:1 may no longer be in production, but you can grab one in 1:18 scale from AUTOart. And while the original was limited to only a handful of units, there’s no shortage of miniature model. Granted, this one is a bit rare and requires a bit of digging, but you can still find a few on Amazon. And you can even pick from colors like blue, silver or white with black and red accents. Just like the Aventador above, it’s a very accurate, high-end replica, and it even has plastic parts that look like carbon-fiber. It will set you back at least $243, but it’s far more affordable than a real Koenigsegg.
Read our full review on the 2015 Koenigsegg One:1.
Ford GT - Maisto / True Scale Miniatures
If you’re looking for a replica of the awesome Ford GT, you have plenty of options. First up, you can go with an affordable model made by Maisto. These usually retail from around $27 and aren’t bad for the buck.
If the person you’re buying it for is picky and likes better detailed replicas, you can get one from True Scale Miniatures. These are sealed off, so there are no opening parts, but the craftsmanship is impressive and the exterior is accurate down to the last bolt. They aren’t exactly cheap though at $220.
Read our full review on the 2018 Ford GT.
Porsche 911 Carrera - Spark
Need a gift for a fan of the iconic Porsche 911? The bad news is that the 992-generation is too fresh to have a scale model, but you can find exquisite replicas of the outgoing 991.2. The folks from Spark make a pretty accurate miniature of the Carrera S, and even though it’s only a 1:43 scale model (about 4.1 inches), it boasts all the essential details you see on the real car. That’s because Spark is yet another premium manufacturer. As a result, this miniature is more expensive than some 1:18 scale models at around $68, but it’s definitely worth it, and any Porsche enthusiast will appreciate.
Read our full review on the 2018 Porsche 911.
Ferrari F40 - Hot Wheels
How about some classics? But not too old! The F50 is one of the most iconic supercars of the 1990s and a legend among the company’s flagship vehicles. You can find all sorts of replicas for this one, but a really affordable option comes from Hot Wheels in the form of a 1:43 scale model. It’s only $20, but don’t let the small price fool you, it’s a solid, accurate replica of the Italian supercar.
Read our full review on the 1987 - 1992 Ferrari F40.
Ferrari 250 GTO - CMC 1:18
CMC is essentially the Rolls-Royce of scale model manufacturers. It builds the most intricate models using metals, genuine wood, and leather
My final scale model on this list is the Ferrari 250 GTO. The ultimate Ferrari, the ultimate grand tourer, and the ultimate classic sports car. Worshiped everywhere around the world for five decades, the 250 GTO is arguably one of the most iconic vehicles of all time. And it’s pretty rare too, with these cars fetching tens of millions of dollars at public options. There’s absolutely no way a car enthusiast will be dissatisfied with a replica of this coupe.
Especially this model here, produced by CMC. Based in Germany, CMC is essentially the Rolls-Royce of scale model manufacturers. It builds the most intricate and detailed models, using various metals, genuine wood, and even leather. It has countless moving parts, and this specific 250 GTO is made from almost 2,000 single parts. It has a detailed V-12 engine with pipes and cabling, leather upholstery, textile covers, and seat belts, and authentic leather straps for the engine hood.
The cool thing is that CMC makes various versions, from road-going GTOs in various colors to race-spec cars that raced in the Tour de France and Targa Florio. They’re on the more expensive side with prices between $450 and $520, but that’s a bargain given that an actual car costs in excess of $20 million.
Read our full review on the 1962 - 1964 Ferrari 250 GTO.