Beau­ti­ful Bee­tle

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Repli­carz 1958 Scarab MKII River­side Win­ner—Chuck Daigh

1:18 | $270

In an­cient Egyp­tian lore, the Scarab bee­tle is a sym­bol as­so­ci­ated with re­birth or re­gen­er­a­tion, which is par­tic­u­larly rel­e­vant to the beau­ti­ful Scarab sports racer that Chuck Daigh drove to vic­tory at the 1958 River­side Grand Prix, the team’s first. Daigh had been an en­gi­neer and driver for Lance Revent­low’s Scarab team since the be­gin­ning, and beat­ing the likes of Phil Hill in a fac­tory Fer­rari at River­side was a huge ac­com­plish­ment for the team; they went on to win the 1958 SCCA Na­tional Sports Car Cham­pi­onship. That pro­pelled the Scarab team into For­mula 1, so they sold off two of the sports cars— in­clud­ing Daigh’s win­ner—to help fi­nance the move. This car would end up in the hands of Nickey Chevro­let and get rein­car­nated with a vi­brant pur­ple liv­ery for the 1959 sea­son (a model of which Repli­carz also makes and we re­viewed in the Spring 2018 is­sue). Scarabs are beau­ti­ful and fast and have a won­der­ful story be­hind them—the per­fect storm for a col­lectible. Un­like so many resin mod­els, Repli­carz’ Scarab has an open­ing hood, pro­vid­ing de­tail on the Hil­born-in­jected Chevy small block—sweet!—as well as a de­tailed in­te­rior.

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