that "Shelby Collectibles has announced a re-release of its 1:18 diecast model of the #5 Aston Martin DBR1 which Carroll Shelby and Roy Salvadori drove to victory in the 1959 Le Mans 24 Hours. "
But I am correct in thinking, am I not, that while this is a very attractive model of an Aston Martin BBR1 it is not a model of the #5 Aston Martin DBR1 which Carroll Shelby and Roy Salvadori drove to victory in the 1959 Le Mans 24 Hours.? Or if it is, it is not a very accurate model of that car.
Did not the 1959 Le Mans winner have a special used-only-once body with lower-profile front wheel arches, rear wheel spats, raised rear wheel arches and high-profile raised bootlid (for the infamous 'FIA suitcase' of that year)? It also had the high-level streamlined Perspex cover to the passenegr seat, integral with the windscreen, rather than the standard soft tonneau supplied with this Shelby Collectibles version. Is this Shelby Collectibles version not simply a standard-body DBR1 with none of those very distinctive, not to say unique, features and just numbered #5?
This is what the Shelby '59 DBR1 looked like (sort of).
I confess an interest, not to say agenda, in drawing the matter to wider attention having myswelf earlier (albeit in respect of the Moss- rather than the Carol Shelby-driven car) been conned into buying this model and then having, for the sake of simple basic accuracy (as opposed to obsessive rivet-counting) had to modify it and re-number it for another race so as not to be committing a downright mis-representation in my humble bookcase.
Edited by Mal9444, 07 June 2013 - 20:16.