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by Adam Lynton
Life-size model of Le Mans-winning DBR1 on a parts tree pays tribute to Carroll Shelby and Roy Salvador.
The Evanta Motor Company recently transformed an Aston Martin DB7 Vantage into a recreation of the classic DB4 GT Zagato in magnificent style. But this unique item rivals the '62 tribute for our attention and yours. A full-scale recreation of the DBR1 in which Carroll Shelby and Roy Salvador won the 1959 running of the 24 Hours of Le Mans, this AirFix-style 1:1 model kit brings us back to our childhood - or maybe that of our fathers - in the best way possible.
As Shelby and Salvador both passed away this year, the installation strikes us as a fitting tribute.
Measuring 6.35 meters wide and 3.30 meters tall, the "model" features individually-labeled components complete with AirFix tags, as if you (or a giant version of you) could twist off the parts and put it all together in your back yard. The set includes an entire DBR1 bodyshell, finished in Aston Martin Californian Sage Green with race livery and numbers, four 16-inch wire wheels and a pair of race seats correctly upholstered in woven fabric with leather-bound headrests.
Also on the giant frame is a machined aluminum shifter, a wood-rimmed Mota Lita steering wheel, a full dashboard with Smiths gauges and period switches, a replica of the Le Mans trophy and an Aston Martin cap signed by Salvardori and Shelby. This one-of-a-kind work of art will be auctioned off at the Goodwood Revival weekend in mid September, where it is expected to sell for £20,000-£30,000. Photos courtesy of Richard Pardon.