Perfect $7500 Race Car Model Made of Gold and Silver (May, 1932)

Perfect $7500 Race Car Model Made of Gold and Silver

PRONOUNCED by Harry A. Miller, world-renowned designer of racing automobiles, as the most perfect model in the world, the eighth-scale reproduction of the newest type racing car, shown in the photo at the left, has every working part of a full-size automobile duplicated in miniature.

Pistons slide in tiny cylinders, steering gear operates in regulation fashion—even speedometer and oil gauges, hardly larger than the head of a match, function perfectly. The model is the creation of L. F. Ange-vine, of Southgate, Cal., who calls it “the only $7,500 automobile that won’t run.” This is due to impossibility of Carburetion.

Each of the 1157 individual parts, which make up the model is built in exact scale.

  1. Hirudinea says: October 11, 20126:23 pm

    This car cost $7500 when gold was about $20 an ounce (and dimes were still made out of silver) I wonder what it would cost today?

  2. JMyint says: October 12, 20128:56 am

    Well adjusted for inflation it is about $126,000. But there are a lot of factors like how pure was the gold and silver. Sterling silver is 92.5% silver 7.5% copper other compositions such as coin silver and German silver can be 90% and 80% respectively. 10 karat gold is only 41% pure while 18 karat is 75%. I think that a big part of the cost of this little model was the labour that went into it for the molds, casting and fitting the parts.

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