Aston Martin RHAM/1 (1979 24 Hours of Le Mans) - 1:43 Scale Model Car by Tecnomodel
- 1:43 Scale (approximately four inches in length)
- Resin body, features no opening parts
- Comes with acrylic dust cover and display base
- Limited edition of 130 units (includes number plaque)
Though not an official works racer, Robin Hamilton's "RHAM/1" is surely one of the most fascinating cars to ever wear the Aston Martin badge. Beginning life as an Aston Martin V8 road car, it was developed over a number of years by independent mechanic Hamilton, first into a Group 4 competitor, and finally into a GTP-category contender at Le Mans. Operating on a shoestring budget, Hamilton and his team flogged the theoretically uncompetitive RHAM/1 to a 17th-place overall finish in the 1977 running of the 24 Hours of Le Mans, and returned again in 1979 after a year of further development. The car would retire only four hours into the '79 event, but not before earning the respect of competitors and fans alike.
An intriguing footnote in Aston Martin history, the RHAM/1 Le Mans racer is now the subject of a brilliant 1:43-scale resin replica by Tecnomodel. Presented in its 1979 Le Mans configuration, its wild fender flares and intricate sponsorship livery are captured in perfect detail, as are its deep chin spoiler and wide race wheels and tires. Limited to only 130 units worldwide, Tecnomodel's RHAM/1 is not to be missed by collectors of scale model Aston Martins.