A race car made legal for the road
We are delighted to share with you the news that our first sample model of ‘1 VEV’, one of the most celebrated Aston Martin Racing cars, has been presented to Aston Martin Lagonda's design team, who have examined it in detail and given it their full approval.
The first batch of models has already sold out, with further small batches now being built in the Amalgam workshops. As our loyal customers, we would like to offer you with the first opportunity to secure one of these 1:8 scale models, limited to 199 pieces, by placing an order on our website.
To faithfully recreate 1 VEV, we were honoured to be given access to the original car to capture every detail with a very precise digital scan, and make a photoshoot of around 1000 high resolution images. Primary references have been taken from photographs shot at the 1961 Goodwood TT, with secondary references from other races of the period, and from the car today which was carefully restored to its original specification in 2007.
Considered by many as the most desirable Aston Martin road car of all time, the DB4 GT Zagato is easily one of the most exciting and beautiful sports cars to ever emerge from the UK. It was unveiled at the London Motor Show at Earl’s Court in October 1960, clothed in a stunningly beautiful and lightweight body from the famous Italian coachbuilder Zagato. As pre-cursors to perhaps the most famous Aston Martin, the DB5, DB4GT and DB4GT Zagato played a crucial role in defining some of the iconic design cues still used in by Aston Martin today. Only 19 examples of this car were ever produced, and this rarity is reflected in their high value today: an original could be expected to be achieve over five million pounds at auction.
This fine 1:8 scale model of the Aston Martin DB4 GT Zagato replicates chassis DB4GT/1082/R, more commonly known as ‘1 VEV’, exactly as raced at the 1961 RAC Goodwood Tourist Trophy in the hands of Roy Salvadori for John Ogier’s Essex Race Stable. Arguably one of the car’s finest moments, Salvadori qualified third fastest after practice with a time of 1 minute 36.6 seconds, ahead of his teammates Jim Clark and Innes Ireland, but behind Stirling Moss and Mike Parkes in their Ferrari 250 GT SWBs.
Classic GT Race Cars
This model will be joining our illustrious Classic Race collection, which includes 1:8 and 1:18 scale models depiciting historic racing cars that have all had their own unique impact on the world of motor racing. This collection includes cars from prominent and era-dominating marques, such as Aston Martin, Jaguar, Ford and Ferrari. This collection also exclusively houses many of our limited edition race weathered models, each uniquely weathered by our artisans using archival imagery to ensure the completed model is a perfect replica of the real car as it finished the race.