The 24 Hours of Le Mans is one of the oldest and most iconic sports car races in the world having being first competed in 1923.

Since the dawn of this famous event the vehicles have continued to evolve to meet the demanding challenges which drivers face over the duration of the race. From the humble beginnings of the supercharged Bentley, right up to the Audi R18 e-tron quattro that was driven by 2012's overall winning team of Andre Lotterer, Marcel Fassler and Benoit Treluyer. Innovation has been key to go the distance in the biggest test of endurance many racers will face in their career but there is always the whim of nostalgia when gazing upon the older vehicles.

While not necessarily used by the 24 Hours of Le Mans, steam cars were all the rage in early 1920s and have been depicted in a number of films and cartoons of the time. The Wind in the Willows portrayed Mr Toad, the wealthy inhabitant of Toad Hall, as a character with an extreme love, or obsession, with all things motorcar.

This led him to steal a number of vehicles and run amok across the countryside. The steam cars were a prominent feature throughout the popular culture of the early 1920s and have now become a fascination for many collectors.

here is no better way to bring in the spirit of the era than with a Mamod model which is available in a range of colours. The 1319 Cream Steam Roadster is an elegant scaled-down version of the iconic cars of yesteryear. It is the perfect blend for motoring enthusiasts as it brings together the heritage of the roads and the golden age of steam.

Described by Mamod as a "magnificent working model of a steam car which captures the elegance of a bygone age", it truly embodies everything that was great about the opening part of the 20th century. However, thanks to the company's carefully handcrafted scaled-down version it brings the cars into the modern era and will be able to take pride of place in a collector's home.

One of the benefits of purchasing a product from Mamod is that customers will be safe in the knowledge that every part of the model has been sourced in the UK. The company is proud that all the material used is from the near vicinity of its manufacturing facility in Smethwick, West Midlands, and has been lovingly put together by its team of staff.

The 1319 Cream Steam Roadster measures in at 138 x 160 x 365 mm and weighs 2,450 g. Buyers can also choose from a range of colours should they not desire the cream as the vehicle is also available in both green and burgundy. The latter are available in kits meaning collectors have the joy of being to put the vehicles together themselves.

Mamod's pre-assembled steam roadster is on sale on the company's website for £218 while the green and burgundy car kits retail at £207 each.