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Aston Martin racer set to break auction records

Monday 26 June 2017, By Autovolo

Aston Martin racer set to break auction records

Aston Martin racer set to break auction records

A classic Aston Martin race car could be on track to break the record for the most valuable British car ever sold when it heads to auction in August.

The 1956 Aston Martin DBR1, the first of only five examples made, is due to go under the hammer at the RM Sotheby’s sale during the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance event in Monterey, California – and it could fetch in excess of $20 million (£15.7m).

The DBR1 in question made its Le Mans debut in 1956, retiring after 22 hours because of an engine bearing failure. Despite not winning the race, it took part in a number of high-profile events including the 1958 12 Hours of Sebring and three entries at the Nurburgring 1000Km – which it won in 1959. 

Many famous names from motorsport have piloted the vehicle, including Carroll Shelby, Roy Salvadori, Stirling Moss and Jack Brabham. Moss and Jack Fairman drove the car to its overall victory at the 1959 Nurburgring 1000Km.

A number of other classic Aston Martins will join the DBR1 at the event, including a 1935 Ulster Competition Sports, a 1959 DB4GT and a 2006 DBR9.

Barney Ruprecht, car specialist at RM Sotheby’s, said: “This is the most significant group of Astons to ever come to auction.

“It is a true privilege to be entrusted with the sale of all four remarkable cars. From the Ulster—the pinnacle of pre-war competition—to the founding member of the DB4GT family, the ultimate Aston in the DBR1, all the way through to modern times with the DBR9, the group represents the complete lineage of Aston Martin competition history.”

The Monterey sale will take place on August 18 and 19.