Linked to the Past

  • Laurie Kahle

At the 1959 24 Hours of Le Mans, American driver Carroll Shelby piloted the Aston Martin DBR1/2 to victory. The same car, with Sir Stirling Moss at the wheel, also won that year’s World Sportscar Championship. For London-based TMB Art Metal such celebrated autos are more than a source of inspiration; they are a source of materials from which to fabricate cuff links, leather goods, and sculptures. One of their latest creations is a pair of limited-edition DBR1/2 Essence of Form cuff links crafted from an aluminum panel taken from the famous race car when it underwent restoration nearly 20 years ago. The aluminum car sculptures are paired with sculpted tiny drivers and posts made of 18-karat gold. Two versions of the cuff links, each limited to 50 pieces and priced at about $2,950, are accompanied by certificates of authenticity signed by either Sir Stirling Moss or Carroll Shelby. (www.tmb-art-metal.co.uk)

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