Posted Aug 6th 2012 5:57PM
Every once in a while, we come across an automotive tchotchke that makes us go, "Oh. Wow." This is one of them. A work of art produced by Evanta Motor Company – the same that produces the arrestingly gorgeous DB4GT rebody. It's a model of the Aston Martin DBR1/2 that Carroll Shelby and Roy Salvadori drove to a Le Mans win in 1959. The awesomeness: it is a 1:1 scale model on a parts tree. Yes, as in a life-sized, 20.8-feet long and 11.3-feet high, weighing between 1,100 and 1,320 pounds (500 and 600 kilograms).
Totally handmade in the style of an AirFix kit, the entire DBR1 bodyshell is included, as well as bits such as accurately upholstered seats, four 16-inch wire wheels with Aston Martin knock-offs, a Mota Lita steering wheel and a cap signed by Shelby and Salvadori. Each part is labeled and has an AirFix-like guide number attached as if you were were really going to pore over the instruction sheet for assembly.
There is only one of them and it is headed to auction during Goodwood Revival weekend at the Goodwood circuit in the UK. While we think almost any price would be acceptable, the auction guide price is $20,000-£30,000 (roughly CAD$31,000-$47,000). That's got us wondering how much of our own junk we can sell to satisfy a desire bordering on can't-live-without.
Click here to read more about it in the press release and check out the beauty in the gallery of Richard Pardon high-res photos.
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Evanta's 1:1 Scale Model of the Aston Martin 1959 Le Mans Winning Car
Returning in force for the 1959 season, Aston Martin would again concentrate on the World Sportscar Championship. The season started slowly, with a sole DBR1 failing to finish at the 12 Hours of Sebring , this downturn was followed by the team not appearing at the Targa Florio.
But fortunes returned again for Aston Martin, as the sole factory entry again won the 1000km Nurburgring, with Stirling Moss and Jack Fairman driving. This victory paved the way for what is considered to be Aston Martin's finest motorsports triumph; DBR1/2, driven by Carroll Shelby and Roy Salvadori, took victory at the 1959 24 Hours of Le Mans. DBR1/4, driven by Maurice Trintignant and Paul Frere, finished second - underpinning this tremendous victory, which was an apt testimonial to the DBR1's designer, Ted Cutting, the presiding genius behind the Aston Martin DBR1 programme.
The Aston Martin DBR1 that won the 1959 24 Hours of Le Mans, returned to the Circuit de la Sarthe in France on 18-20 June, 2012 as part of a tribute to its drivers Carroll Shelby and Roy Salvadori, and its chief engineer Ted Cutting, who all sadly passed away this year. Aston Martin's Head of Motorsport, David King, commented, "We were deeply saddened by the loss of Carroll, Roy and Ted. They all played a hugely important role in Aston Martin's racing history and will forever remain part of the company's heritage. To mark their passing, we felt it fitting to return their car to the scene of its greatest victory."
The unique item on sale today is a tribute to that iconic 1959 Le Mans win. Hand made by the acclaimed Evanta Motor Company based in Hertfordshire, England is a life size 1:1 scale model of the DBR1 Le Mans winning race car.
Measuring a staggering 6.35 metres wide and 3.30 metres tall this piece would suit only the finest of collections with facilities to accommodate such a large item. It's only when you stand beside the piece that you are overwhelmed by its size, beauty and attention to detail.
Built in the traditional style of an AirFix model in correct satin grey and featuring individually labeled components along with airfix tags. Each part tapers to the Aston Martin item as if you could twist it off for assembly demonstrating the level of detail a piece of this importance deserves.
The frame (which collapses into two transportable pieces) is instantly recognizable by its "AirFix" style design and houses a number of components finished in their ready to race condition.
An entire DBR1 bodyshell is used. Hand laid in GRP and finished in Aston Martin Californian Sage Green with race livery and race spots of that of the Le Mans winner. Lights, screens and final detail are fitted as if the real car was dissected to make this item.
The piece includes...
Four 16" Aston Martin wire wheels shod in Dunlop race tyres and fitted with Aston Martin three eared spinners.
Correct "Mota Lita" 15" wood rimmed Aston Martin steering wheel.
A pair of race seats upholstered in correct style Aston Martin weave material and leather bound headrest.
A machined aluminum gear knob and gear lever.
Full dashboard finished in textured satin black and assembled using Smiths guages and period switches.
A replica of the Le Mans trophy.
And lasty, and perhaps most significantly, an Aston Martin cap, signed by both drivers Salvardori and Shelby. This item is supplied with authentication of the signatures plus pictures of both drivers signing it.
This is truly a once in a lifetime opportunity to purchase a piece of significant art work unique to such a historic event in this tribute year.