A unique 1:1 scale Aston Martin DBR1 'AirFix' tribute, hand-made by the Evanta Motor Company of Hertfordshire, England,
Lot 37
A unique 1:1 scale Aston Martin DBR1 'AirFix' tribute, hand-made by the Evanta Motor Company of Hertfordshire, England,
Sold for £27,500 (US$ 46,716) inc. premium
Lot Details
A unique 1:1 scale Aston Martin DBR1 'AirFix' tribute, hand-made by the Evanta Motor Company of Hertfordshire, England,
modern, life-size or 1:1 scale model of the DBR1 Le Mans winning race car, built in the traditional style of an 'AirFix' model, featuring individually labelled components mounted on a sprue finished in correct satin grey. Each sprue tapers to the Aston Martin item as if you could twist it off for assembly, demonstrating fine attention to detail in the construction of this impressive piece. Measuring 6.35 metres wide and 3.30 metres tall, the frame (which collapses into two pieces for transportation) houses a number of components finished in their 'ready to race' condition. Comprising an entire DBR1 bodyshell hand-laid in GRP and finished in Aston Martin Californian Sage Green with race livery. Lights, screens and final detail are fitted to the main body parts, four 16" Aston Martin wire wheels shod in Dunlop race tyres and fitted with Aston Martin three eared spinners, a correct "Mota Lita" 15inch wood-rimmed steering wheel, a pair of race seats upholstered in correct style Aston Martin weave material with leather bound headrest, a machined aluminium gear knob and gear lever, full dashboard finished in textured satin black and assembled using Smiths gauges and period switches, a replica of the Le Mans trophy, and an Aston Martin peaked cap, signed by both drivers Salvadori and Shelby. The cap is supplied with authentication of the signatures plus pictures of both drivers signing it. The large frame is mounted on small furniture wheels and can be moved a small distance.

This item will be on exhibition at the GRRC tent during the entire 2012 Goodwood Revival weekend, and will therefore not be available to be removed from the site immediately following the sale. The vendor will then transport this lot from Goodwood and take it to their store in Hertfordshire. Collection can be made from them, by appointment only. Details will be supplied to the buyer after the auction, and after receipt of payment. Bonhams will hold the funds until arrangements and transfer of goods have been completed.

Footnotes

  • 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."
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