Alright car lovers, hold onto your seats. The most important Austin Martin ever built has been sold at an auction on Friday for a whooping $22.5 million. The car was sold at the annual auction during the Monterey Car Week. What’s so special about this Aston Martin you ask? This is Aston Martin DBR1 and only five of these were built during 1596 and 1958. This particular one is the chassis number one.
Le Mans Status
Aston Martin DBR1 is compared to having the same status as that of Ferrari 250 GTO and Mercedes-Benz 300 SLR. It was a purpose-built model that was designed in collaboration with British automotive engineering, Ted Cutting. It was designed to win the trophy at the 24-hr car race, Le Mans.
Sadly, this car wasn’t able to win the title but later another model did. This particular Aston Martin DBR1 however, won the Nurburgring 1,000 km race in 1959 before it was sold and converted into a street-legal car back in 1962. The original engine was included in the sale of the car; however, it features a modern engine currently under its hood.
Sotheby’s had Aston Martin DBR1 valued at $20 million before the auction. This was believed to be the first DBR1 to ever go up for sale at an auction. It was joined on the auction stage by 159DB4GT (sold for $6.67 million) and a 2006 DBR9 (sold for $616,000). The Aston Martin DBR 1 made a world record price for an Aston Martin being sold at an auction with its final price of $22,550,000.
The car is in pristine condition and ready to be driven. It was being maintained by Aston Martin specialists R.S. Williams. The team has also developed a new 301hp engine so that the previous owner was able to race at the Goodwood Revival. Here’s to Aston Martin DBR1 that has found its new owner!