Porsche is selling a 1:8 scale model of its Le Mans-winner Porsche 919 Hybrid race car, and I couldn't help but notice that its $14,689 price tag is more than what I paid for all three of my real, actual, running cars combined. That is a lot of money for a scale model.
In case you're wondering, the cars in question are my $10,500 V10 BMW M5, a Miata I purchased a couple months back for $1400, and a Subaru WRX hatch I bought last weekend for $3000. Now, I know what you're thinking, and yes, all of that adds up to $14,900, which is more than the 919 list price. But with sales tax of 8.25 percent in my state, the real price for the model (for me, anyway) is more like $15,900, which, coincidentally, is enough to purchase a brand new Ford Fiesta.
But in Porsche's defense, you do get a quality piece of artwork for your money. It's a reproduction accurate down to one tenth of a millimeter, with parts made of aluminum and pewter. The the paint is sprayed, cut, and polished by hand. Porsche claims it took over 3000 hours of work to design the car just right. The model is limited to just 100 units, and according to the listing, there are just four examples remaining in stock. The rear clamshell and doors can be opened and removed for a closer look at the cockpit and engine bay, which are equally as stunning as the outside.
If you're going to spend five figures on a model car, . And if you're actually considering buying this thing, chances are you already have a nice car or two. Me? I think I'll stick with cars I can drive.