Aston Martin DBR1: £17.5m

If you're thinking it wasn't that long ago that a British car set an auction record, that's because it wasn't: in fact the feat was achieved a year ago, at Pebble Beach, by a Jaguar D-Type.

But now its paltry $21,780,000 has been surpassed by this Aston Martin DBR1, which sold at RM's Monterey sale for $22,550,000. Cripes. At the current exchange rate that's £17.5m...

Of course all DBR1s are fantastically important - only five were ever built - but this one is especially significant as the 1959 Nurburgring 1000KM winner and sister to the Le Mans-winning car. The list of drivers for chassis number DBR1/1 reads like a roll call of the great sportscar pilots of the 50s and 60s: Roy Salvadori, Stirling Moss, Jack Brabham, Carroll Shelby. It's enjoyed a colourful history since then - including 12 years untouched between 1964 and 1976 - and has been used at the Goodwood Revival in recent times. It is, and remains, one of the most important Aston Martins ever built.

In other Aston news a DB4GT Prototype made $6,765,000 (£5.2m), which was right on estimate, and a 2006 DBR9 racer smashed its pre-auction prediction and made $616,000. Probably worth it for the noise alone, right?

The remaining auction results will be on the RM site soon - expect some very, very big numbers...





[Photos: Tim Scott, Tom Gidden for RM Sotheby's]

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  • Marwood79 21 Aug 2017

    Was that Mark Knopfler's car?

  • Mr-B 21 Aug 2017

    Wonder if that DB9 will reach the same stratospheric heights 20 or 30 years from now, seems a bargain at $600k.

  • Krikkit 21 Aug 2017

    Mr-B said:
    Wonder if that DB9 will reach the same stratospheric heights 20 or 30 years from now, seems a bargain at $600k.
    Probably not, but a sound GT1 machine with history like that should be a good investment. Really they need to win a significant event, then maintain their presence in the scene to be really £££. That DBR9 would be a great millionaire's track-day toy.

  • Snubs 21 Aug 2017

    That picture from above is close to being automotive perfection.

  • sidesauce 21 Aug 2017

    That DBR9 - oof! Yes, yes, yes please...

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