Aston Martin DBR1 Is Most Expensive British-Built Car At $22.6M

Aston DBR1 Chassis 1 of 5 breaks auction records as its historic, successful, race history is revealed to the world

DBR1/1 Career Highlights

A British-built, 1956, Aston Martin DBR1 is its nation’s, its manufacturer’s and 2017’s most expensive car having sold for $22,550,000 at a Sotherby’s auction, in Monterey California, in August. Chassis DBR1/1 – 1 of 5 of built for racing – has a long, fruitful, sporting history and been piloted by the best of its day.

The 1959 Nürburgring 1,000 KM is a highlight of its career. It finished 1st courtesy of Stirling Moss and Jack Fairman. Further credits include: The 1957 Le Mans 24 Hours (Roy Salvadori and Les Leston), 1958 RAC Tourist Trophy (Jack Brabham and Roy Salvadori) and The 1958 12 Hours of Sebring (Roy Salvadori and Carrol Shelby).

Later life

In 1959, Aston Martin withdrew from racing but the car continued as a non-works entry. Essex Racing Stable’s Jim Clark and Bruce McLaren entered the 1961 Nürburgring 1,000 KM, for example. They retired, but the car finished 4th the following year with McLaren and Tony Maggs at the wheel. Other DBR1/1 milestone events include:

  • 1962: first registered for road use (299 EXV)
  • 1963: crashed at Silverstone (front body damage)
  • 1976: repaired and refurbished
  • 1982: Lloyds & Scottish Historic Car Championship winner
  • 2010: Goodwood Revival competitor
  • 2013: driven by Stirling Moss during its manufacturer’s centenary celebrations at Nürburgring

Current Condition

Aston Martin DBR1/1 is in tremendous condition throughout. It is the “best presented” of its type and the “most correct”, the auction house explained. It is powered by a reproduction engine so can be raced without risking its final, factory works, 3.0-litre that accompanies it. The DBR1/1’s works race history follows below. 

July 28th - 29th 1956Le Mans 24 HoursTony Brooks, Reg ParnellRetired
April 6th 1957British Empire Trophy, Oulton ParkRoy Salvadori2nd
April 22nd 1957BARC Easter Meeting, GoodwoodRoy Salvadori2nd
May 12th 1957Sports Car Race, Spa-FrancorchampsRoy Salvadori2nd
May 26th 1957Nürburgring 1,000 KMRoy Salvadori and Les Leston6th, Team Prize
June 22nd – 23rd 1957Le Mans 24 HoursRoy Salvadori and Les LestonRetired
July 20th 1957British Grand Prix Sports Car Race, AintreeRoy Salvadori2nd, Fastest Lap
August 25th 1957Belgian Grand Prix, Spa-FrancorchampsRoy Salvadori4th, Team Prize
September 14th 1957International Daily Express Meeting Sports Car Race, SilverstoneStuart Lewis-Evans6th, Team Prize
March 22nd 195812 Hours of SebringRoy Salvadori and Carrol ShelbyRetired
June 1st 1958Nürburgring 1,000 KMRoy Salvadori and Carrol ShelbyRetired
June 21st – 22nd 1958Le Mans 24 HoursRoy Salvadori and Stuart Lewis-EvansRetired
September 13th 1958RAC Tourist Trophy, GoodwoodRoy Salvadori and Jack Brabham2nd
March 21st 195912 Hours of SebringRoy Salvadori and Carrol ShelbyRetired
June 7th 1959Nürburgring 1,000 KMStirling Moss and Jack Fairman1st
September 5th 1959RAC Tourist Trophy, GoodwoodUnknownPractice Car

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