This is a diecast car model/toy of 1959 Aston Martin DBR1 made by Shelby Collectibles. It features rubber tires as well detailed interior, exterior and engine bay. You can also open hood, trunk and both doors. 1959 Aston Martin DBR1 diecast car model is of 1:18 scale and measures approximately 8.75 inches long by 3.5 inches wide by 2 inches high.
1959 Aston Martin DBR1 Racing History
24 Hours of Lemans is perhaps the most significant racing event in the history and ever since 1928 when Aston Martin first participated in the race it has managed to score countless class wins. However it has managed to win the race overall only once. In 1959. With Aston Martin DBR1.
And what a victory it was. Both first and second place went to Aston Martin DBR1 whereas next four cars to finish were Ferrari 250 GT who were 26 to 30 laps behind the winning Aston.
The winning car was piloted by Roy Francesco Salvadori and one of the most famous racing car drivers in the history – Carrol Shelby (Fun fact: he was portrayed by Matt Damon in movie “FORD v FERRARI” which is a must-watch even though it’s not about 1959 24 Hours of Lemans) and the car to finish second by Maurice Trintignant and Paul Frère.
As spectacular Le Mans victory was it’s not end of the story. Ever heard of Stirling Moss? Sure you have. Stirling Moss is another racing driver that’s regarded as one of the best drivers to ever exist. Together with Jack Fairman he managed to win 1959 1000km Nürburgring driving, you guessed it, Aston Martin DBR1.
These and other victories with DBR1 allowed Aston Martin to win 1959 World Sportscar Championship which nowadays is known as FIA World Endurance Championship.
1959 Aston Martin DBR1 that was driven by Stirling Moss and Jack Fairman in the 1959 1000km Nürburgring race was sold for 22.555 million USD in 2017 making it the most expensive British car ever produced.