The 1956 Aston Martin DBR1, is the firm’s equivalent to the Ferrari 250 GTO and Mercedes-Benz 300 SLR and just five were built between 1956 and 1958. This one sold is chassis number one – a purpose-built model developed by racing design chief, Ted Cutting.
The value of this DBR1 lies in several aspects: first, it’s seen as “the most important model in Aston Martin history. It’s also the very first to be built out of only five produced between 1956 and 1958. This chassis was developed and purpose-built by racing design chief Ted Cutting and was designed to be raced at Le Mans. And finally it’s the only DBR1 to be publicly sold.
It was eventually sold to an unnamed phone bidder for $22.55 million (£17.5m) -enough to buy 120 brand-new Aston Martin DB11 supercars from a British showroom – setting a world record for any British car sold at auction.
The auction house said the car remains in pristine condition, and includes a replica of the original DBR1 engine. The original engine was also included with the auction, but the seller deemed the original “too precious” to risk racing.