Aston Martin smashes world auction record

Aston Martin smashes world auction record
Aston Martin smashes world auction record

First ever DBR1 racer goes for £17.5m at RM’s Monterey sale

Last year, a Jaguar D-Type became the world’s highest-priced British car when it sold for nearly $21.8 million at auction in Pebble Beach, California.

Now, one year later in Monterey, this Aston Martin DBR1 has been sold at RM’s sale for $22.5 million, or around £17.5m at current exchange rates.

There’s no disputing the importance of the Aston DBR1 in motorsport history. The factory only built five of them, and this one is chassis number 1, winner of the 1959 Nurburgring 1000km race and sister to the Le Mans-winning DBR1.

Which stars have driven the DBR1/1? It’s probably quicker to list the ones who haven’t. Stirling Moss, Jack Brabham, Carroll Shelby, Roy Salvadori have all twirled its elegant steering wheel. It lay around unused for 12 years between 1964 and 1976 but has been a regular entrant at the Goodwood Revival in more recent years.

You could make a case for the DBR1 being one of the most beautiful cars ever made. It’s a perfect example of form following function. For considerably less money you could ask Andrew Soar to build you an ASM DBR1 replica. Secondhand ASMs go for under £100k.

At the same sale, this knee-knockingly gorgeous (and fantastically noisy) DBR9 racer from 2006 broke through its pre-auction estimate to make $616,000, and a DB4GT Prototype hit $6,765,000 (£5.2m), bang on the estimate.

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