Evanta Motor Company has made itself a nice niche in the automotive realm by manufacturing extremely accurate reproductions of some of the rarest Aston Martins in the world. The latest model it is selling is likely one of the most unique models to date.
Not only is this a model of the famed DRB1 that Carroll Shelby and Roy Salvadori piloted, but it is a full-size model. On the surface that sounds normal, but when we say “model,” we mean that as in the type you bought in the toy store as a kid... Yup, this model is a disassembled “AirFix” type model.
If you don’t recall, these are the types of models where the pieces are molded into square frames and you have to twist the pieces from the frames to separate them. This model includes all of the basics you would see in the standard “AirFix” model, including: race-ready seats, fiberglass body panels draped in Aston Martin Californian Sage Green, grille, wheels and tires, steering wheel, dashboard, gear shifter, and even a replica of the 1959 Le Mans trophy.
No, you can’t whip out the superglue and throw this bad boy together. This 20- by 10-foot beast is intended to sit in a rather spacious collection and be viewed by awe-struck onlookers. Everything in this kit is 100 percent identical to the model that won the 1959 Le Mans and to make it even more desirable, Evanta is including an Aston Martin baseball cap signed by Carroll Shelby and Roy Salvadori, both of whom past away earlier this year.
You can catch a glimpse of this massive dedicatory piece at the Goodwood Revival Car Show, which kicks off on September 14th and lasts through the 16th. If you have some extra scratch laying around, you can also snag up this one-off piece, as Bonhams will be auctioning it off at the Revival Car Show. Unfortunately, no estimated pricing was given, but we are certain it’ll fetch in the $100,000 range.
Click past the jump to read Evantra’s official press release.
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 As a tribute to that iconic 1959 Le Mans win a LIFESIZE DBR1 "AirFix" model has been hand made by the highly acclaimed Evanta Motor Company based in Hertfordshire. www.evanta.co.uk MD Ant Anstead said "Astons Martins 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 boys dream toy? A lifesize model". Measuring a staggering 6.35 metres wide and 3.40 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, made by Evanta 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 an Aston Martin cap, signed and authenticated by both drivers Salvardori and Shelby.
The piece is being displayed at this years infamous Goodwood Revival car show, and being sold at auction by Bonhams auctioneers the same weekend. www.bonhams.com It can also be found at www.airfix.com and www.facebook.com/officialairfix The owner will be able to make this art instalation the centre piece of any collection as well as investing in a piece that will undoubtedly prove to be an investment as well as talking point for years to come. Guide price - £25k I have attached five pictures for use. The car in front is one our road going models. Another picture show Ant Anstead (sitting) and Chris Banks (Kneeling). If there is any more information you require or questions I can assist with, please do not hesitate to contact Evanta Motor Company. For and on behalf of Evanta Motor Company Ltd www.evanta.co.uk