Computer rendering of MEV's Aston Martin DBR1 replica body - image: MEV ReplicarEnlarge Photo
If you want to buy an original Aston Martin DBR1, expect to pay as much as $32 million for a car with a significant and documented racing history. Even the non-functional DBR1 scale model kit sculpture created by the Evanta Motor Company drew a pre-auction estimate close to $50,000, so what can an Aston Martin fan on a budget do?
Call up MEV Replicar, for starters, since the British company is offering a complete, U.K. registered DBR1 replica at a starting price of 20,000 pounds ($32,282). That money buys you a tube frame chassis designed to be stiffer than the original, wrapped in a (presumably) fiberglass body that’s remarkably true to the original DBR1.
Power comes from from a 1.8-liter 4-cylinder Mazda engine, rated at 130 horsepower and mated to a five-speed manual gearbox. If you want more thrust than that, turbocharger and supercharger kits are available to boost output to as much as 250 horsepower.
Even base models come with disc brakes, double wishbone suspensions and coil over shocks, but track models can be configured with a variable ride height and adjustable dampers. Customers even get to choose the type of tires fitted to the 15-inch wire wheels.
Despite its low price, the MEV replica strives for authenticity in appearance, boasting hidden front indicator lights, bullet-styl side mirrors and even the same Lucas tail lights used on the original.
In Europe, MEV products are available in left or right hand drive, and details can be found on the MEV Replicar website. Customers in the United States can get MEV products through its exclusive distributor, Exomotive, so head on over to the Exomotive website for more information.