I’ve always loved Aston Martins and regard them as one of the few truly iconic British Classic Car marques. Over the years I have had the opportunity to take photographs of several Astons, but the DBR1 is one car that I suspect I will never get to photograph. Not unless I win Lotto next week, and even then it’s still only a maybe.
Talacrest, UK classic car specialists, are proud to offer for sale the single most successful racing car ever built by Aston Martin. After its victorious debut at the 1957 Spa 1000 km race, it scored five more victories including the 24 Hours of Le Mans in 1959 in the hands of Roy Salvadori and Carroll Shelby and was campaigned well into the 1962 season by privateers. Beautifully preserved and maintained by a serious collector, despite the car’s incredible value, it has been regularly raced in a variety of historic race events with great success.
Renowned by many as the most recognisable and valuable Aston Martin in history, the DBR1/2 is the only car from the iconic manufacturer to have ever won the prestigious Le Mans 24 Hour race. Additionally, the vehicle was also the one and same in which Sir Stirling Moss won the RAC Tourist Trophies at Goodwood in 1958 and 59 to help Aston Martin take home the 1959 World Sports Car Championship.
One of the most successful and instantly recognisable historic racing cars in the world today – with undisputed provenance and ready to race. In addition the car is road registered and has been used and is eligible for many road based touring events.
One of 5 (1 was an updated version of an earlier chassis) DBR1s made – this example has the most successful competition pedigree by some margin:
Race history for the DBR1/2 chassis below:
- Winner – Spa Sportscar Race – driven by Brooks
- Winner – 1000km Nürburgring Race – driven by Brooks/Cunningham-Reid
- Retired – 24 Hours of Le Mans Race whilst lying 2nd – driven by Brooks/Cunningham-Reid
- Winner – Spa Grand Prix – driven by Brooks
- Retired – Sebring – driven by Moss/Brooks
- Retired – Nurburgring – driven by Brooks/Lewis-Evans
- Retired – 24 Hours of Le Mans – driven by Brooks/Trintignant
- Winner – Goodwood Tourist Trophy – driven by Moss/Brooks
- Winner – 24 Hours of Le Mans – driven by Salvadori/Shelby
- Winner – Goodwood Tourist Trophy – driven by Moss/Shelby/Fairman
Following Aston Martin’s success in 1959, David Brown decided to make an unsuccessful move to Formula One with the DBR4 and DBR5. Thus the factory’s David Brown Racing Department would no longer compete in Sports cars.
The car was sold to Major Ian Baillie – and as a privateer entrant the following results were achieved:
- Winner – Rouen Grand Prix – driven by Jack Fairman
- 9th – 24 Hours of Le Mans – driven by Baillie/Fairman
This the only DBR1 to have scored a win in privateer hands – and the only Aston Martin to have ever won Le Mans and additionally the only car Carroll Shelby ever won the Le Mans 24 Hour race in.
Nowadays in Historic Racing – this world famous car is still a proven winner and has won numerous prestigious historic races.
John Collins, from Talacrest, sold the car to its previous owner 20 years ago and, despite being a Ferrari specialist, can’t contain his excitement about the Aston.
He said: “This DBR1/2 is the holy grail of motoring and is the most recognisable and valuable Aston Martin in history.
“I would say it is one of the top five cars in the world and models of this calibre and undisputed provenance are rarely available on the open market.”
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