Just surpassing the 21.78m US dollars achieved by the Jaguar D-type XKD 501 at RM’s Monterey sale in 2016, the ex-Moss, -Shelby, and -Salvadori Aston Martin DBR1 was hammered away at 20.5m dollars — that’s 22.55m dollars all in, and a new record for a British automobile at auction. Fitting for what is arguably one of the most important Aston Martins in existence.
Before this weekend’s bidding, the car spent time with the same owner from 2009. In 2013, Sir Stirling Moss got in the car during the automaker’s centenary celebrations at the Nurburgring Nordschleife. Also at the Monterey sale organized by RM Sotheby’s, the auction house found new owners for a highly original DB4 GT ($6.765 million) and a DBR9 racecar ($616,000).
This DBR1 debuted at the 1956 24 Hour of Le Mans (it didn’t finish) and went on to race many times in the hands of drivers like Caroll Shelby, Jack Brabham and Sir Stirling Moss (who won the Nurburgring 1000KM in it).