UK-based Evanta Motor Company has constructed an AirFix-style 1:1 scale model of the Aston Martin DBR1 race car that Carroll Shelby and Roy Salvadori piloted to the 1959 24 Hours of Le Mans as a tribute to the great men behind it.
The hand-made life-sized replica matches, in great detail, both the famous car and iconic DIY model kit structure.
The traditional AirFix frame, finished in a colour correct satin grey, measures 6.35m wide and 3.30m high and features individually labeled components, all attached with tapered AirFix tags that make it seem like the Aston Martin could be twisted out and assembled.
Also laid out in the frame, and accurately replicated, are four 16-inch Aston Martin wire wheels with Dunlop race tyres, “Mota Lita” 15-inch wood-rimmed steering wheel, upholstered race seats, machined aluminum gear knob and gear lever, a full satin black dashboard that includes Smiths gauges and period-correct switches and a Le Mans trophy as won by the drivers.
Completing the impressive display is a genuine Aston Martin cap signed by both drivers, accompanied by authentication of the signatures and photos of both drivers signing it.
The artwork, valued at over $37,000 and due to be auctioned in September at the Goodwood Revival, was designed as a tribute to the three men behind the car’s historic victory, Carroll Shelby, Roy Salvadori and DBR1 designer and chief engineer Ted Cutting, all who passed away in recent months.