Aston Martin DP214 (1963 24 Hours of Le Mans) - 1:43 Scale Model Car
Intended as Aston Martin's answer to the Ferrari 250GTO, the DP214 should have been the car that carried the Newport-Pagnell firm to GT-racing glory in the 1960s, but although incredibly fast in a straight line, its lack of development and frankly terrible luck would insure that the DP214 would be Aston's last factory racer for over three decades. Only two examples were completed, the second of which (chassis #0195) was particularly snakebit. It suffered DNFs at Le Mans, Brands Hatch and Goodwood in 1963, and though it would score a lone victory in the non-championship Coupe de Salon at Monthery, Aston Martin unceremoniously pulled the plug on its racing efforts at season's end. #0195 was sold to a privateer, only to be destroyed in a fatal crash at the Nurburgring in 1964.
For Aston Martin enthusiasts, perhaps it's best to remember DP214 #0195 at the dawn of its racing career, on the starting grid at the 1963 24 Hours of Le Mans for drivers Bruce McLaren and Innes Ireland, a point in history when anything was still possible. Thankfully, the master modelers at Spark have produced a 1:43-scale resin replica of this ill-fated racer that evokes that same hopeful spirit. The car's undeniably gorgeous lines are sculpted to perfection, with its gorgeous metallic green finish complimented by intricatedly photo-etched wheels and delicate trim pieces. Even by Spark's very high standards of detail and accuracy, the DP214 is a standout model.
SPECIFICATIONS: 1:43 scale (approximately four inches in length). Resin body, features no opening parts. Fixed-position steering. Comes with acrylic dust cover and display base.
PERFECT FOR: Devoted Aston Martin fans. Le Mans history buffs. Motor racing enthusiasts who can embrace the sports darker moments along with the light.
MODEL NO. S2414