Well isn’t this pretty...
This is a 1:18 scale model of the legendary Aston Martin DB4 Zagato by Whitebox. It’s a budget friendly model, yours for a fraction of what the CMC model would cost. Yat Ming also makes a similar one, and it may even be based on the same cast. I can only compare so many eBay pictures, you know?
There isn’t much on Wikipedia, but the jist is that Zagato took the bumpers off and swapped out some steel for aluminum and made this sexy Brit go fast. You better have read “aluminum” in a British accent just now.
They wanted to sell 25 but could only do 20, but it still became a legend. If you get the chance, stop by the Blackhawk Museum out near Oakland. That’s where I spotted my first and only DB4 GT in the flesh.
Let’s get onto the model though...
From every angle, this thing is gorgeous. Classic lines coated in the greatest shade of green ever uninterrupted by flashy chrome bumpers. Wire spoke wheels just put it over the top.
There’s not a lot of detail under the hood, but enough to spark your imagination. Chrome and black individual pieces with some yellow wiring. Or tubing. I don’t know, I only play with toy cars these days.
The interior is very much a basic interior. It reminds me of the Bburago Vipers I shared not too long ago. Stickers for the gauges, although they are raised off the dash. I’m not sure why you would have a chrome shifter boot but hey, this DB4 does. The wood-looking steering wheel is a nice touch, but those big ugly hinges you see behind it can’t be ignored.
It’s actually more of a white colored interior too; these pictures make it look more tan.
It’s certainly not perfect, though. Here’s a few things that bug me to no end:
Issue number one is the paint work. Although the color is lustrous and the shade of green is perfect, it’s a bit too thick in some parts. Take a look at the nose here. See how uneven the paint looks to the right and left of Aston’s winged emblem?
Next issue I noticed was the wipers. Seem odd to you too? They look like they are set up for a left hand drive car, as I assume many of the DB4s were, but this is a model of a right hand drive car. The Yat Ming’s I looked up on eBay all had correct wipers.
Lastly, we have the wheels. I know what you’re thinking, those wheels are beautiful, what could possibly be wrong with them? Well, you need to look past the wheels. No, literally. See any brakes? Neither do I. The tires are hilariously skinny too.
Regardless of the flaws, this model is gorgeous because the DB4 is gorgeous. It’s like an easy out for model makers when the car they’re replicating already looks so good.
I’ve seen a bunch of these listed on eBay for close to $100, mostly from the UK. Don’t do it! American Excellence has this on sale for $24. Your better bet may be to get a second hand Yat Ming. Or you could eat nothing but Ramen noodles for six months and maybe bike to work to save up for a CMC.