Part & Parcel
Jan/Feb 2019 edition
Issue #3 AutoMobilia Resource Magazine
For those of us who are automobile history and racing fans, and like to collect along those lines, often the very high outlay (think thousands of dollars) for a significant piece of memorabilia is well beyond consideration for most of us.
Thankfully, a few manufacturers and custom builders have addressed this problem by constructing scale model representations of the real items, creating works that stand on their own as highly collectible.
Sean McKenna, noted builder of gorgeous (and expensive) 1:8 scale Bugatti models, has given the enthusiast the opportunity to own one of his smaller creations at very reasonable cost. He has produced a series of 1:8 scale wheels, some of which grace his large models, from significant racing cars that include Bugatti, Ferrari, Cobra, Jaguar, Aston Martin, and Alfa Romeo. They are all comprised of cast and polished aluminum, machined bronze, silver, and period-correct tires. We have concentrated on just three examples; wheels from the Bugatti Type 35, Type 59, and a Borrani from the Ferrari 250 GTO. The workmanship is exquisite, especially with the Type 59, as true to its nickname, the ‘piano wire’ wheel, is a thing of beauty.
John C. Lutsch is the owner of Aeromobilia.com, an internet-based purveyor of unique automobile and aviation-related art, models and rare treasures for the collector and enthusiast.