If you wanted to buy an Aston Martin DBR1, you’d need a few million dollars- there were only 5 ever built, and valuations put the 1959 Le Mans winner at over $10 million. For those without that kind of spare change, a slightly cheaper version is now on the market for less than $50,000. UK based Evanta Motor Company has created a life-size 1:1 model of the legendary Aston Martin DBR1 racing car. Created as a tribute to Carroll Shelby and Roy Salvadori, the drivers who helped guide the DRB1 to the 1959 Le Mans win, and the DBR1′s chief designer Ted Cutting–who all passed away earlier this year–the model was hand-made with extraordinary attention to detail, just like the real-life version.
The model, made in the style of an ‘AirFix‘ kit, measures 20 x 10 feet. But instead of containing plastic parts, the kit features several ‘real’ parts- an entire bodyshell of the DBR1 serves as the frame, finished in the same Californian Sage Green color as the original racing car. Four 16″ Aston Martin wire wheels outfitted in Dunlop racing tires can be ‘twisted’ off the parts tree and a full dashboard, 15″ ‘Moto Lita’ wood rimmed steering wheel, and two race seats stitched with real leather in the Aston Martin style complete the design.
To make the model even more realistic, an Aston Martin racing cap signed by Shelby and Salvadori as well as a replica of their Le Mans trophy are included in the ‘kit.’ Only one model was made, and will be auctioned off by Bonhams at the Goodwood Revival on September 16th.
In a press release, Ant Anstead, managing director of Evanta Motors, speaks to the inspiration behind the model:
Aston Martin’s sole Le Mans win of 1959 is a huge part of British motorsport. The loss of both drivers and Ted Cutting within the same year is saddening. We wanted to do a tribute to these three great men and such a beautiful and iconic car. What could be a more fun and fitting tribute than every boy’s dream toy: a lifesize model.