The 1959 24 Hours of Le Mans was the 27th 24 Hours of Le Mans, Grand Prix of Endurance, and took place on 20 and 21 June 1959, on Circuit de la Sarthe. The prospect of an exciting duel between Ferrari, Aston Martin and giantkillers Porsche was enough to draw large crowds and some 150,000 spectators gathered for France’s classic sports car race, around the 8.38-mile course.
Aston Martin finally achieved the coveted outright win, doing it with a 1-2 finish. The marque had first entered the Le Mans race in 1928, running every race since 1931 and had finished second three times and third twice before this victory.
The winning pairing of Carroll Shelby and Roy Salvadori brought home the David Brown Racing Department DBR1/300 a lap ahead of the second DBR1 and a full 25 laps ahead of the leading Ferrari, with the sister car finishing behind, the Moss/Fairman car having retired.
This fine 1:18 scale model is presented in mahogony wood finish box with brass fittings, featuring an Aston Martin winged badge to the lid. Inside the model sits in a custom foam liming, the model is hand signed by Stirling Moss on the tonneau, and comes with a Certificate of Authenticity.
Limited edition, hand finished, so details may slightly vary.