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Aston Martin Le Mans Winner

Aston Martin Le Mans Winner

Aston Martin had not tasted victory at Le Mans since 1959, the year when some guy named Carroll Shelby took the checkered flag in a DBR1. Aston retreated from factory-sponsored racing soon after, but the company decided to return to the famed 24-hour sports racing event in 2005. In the seasons since, it must have felt like they spent another 50 years trailing the class-dominating Corvette, but in 2007 that all changed. At the wheel of the gorgeous ProDrive DBR9, David Brabham (son of Formula 1 Champion Sir Jack Brabham), Darren Turner and Rickard Rydell, managed to edge out the Corvette by a single lap after more than 2900 miles — much of the later laps in a torrential downpour.

 

To celebrate Aston’s historic triumph AUTOart is releasing this 1:18 replica of the winning car. The DBR9 is truly one of the most beautiful race cars in any series today — elegantly blending classic Aston grille and fender gills with the road car’s stylish tapered profile and integrating the aggressive aerodynamics needed to keep the car planted on the 200mph+ Mulsanne straight. All of that is bathed in a rich metallic green in fine British tradition. The DBR9 definitely brings class to the GT1 class, and now it brings a winners trophy too. Go to autoartmodels.com to see more or place an order.

Updated: April 24, 2008 — 10:00 AM

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