Aston Martin DBS 59 - An icon reborn
Aston Martin DBS 59 - An icon reborn
Posted: November 2nd 2018
By: Lisa Harper

Aston Martin has just announced that they will be creating a collection of 24 ‘DBS 59’ special edition models to celebrate the DBR1’s 1959 Le Mans win.

In 1959 Aston Martin achieved an historic 1,2 finish at Le Mans with the DBR1. Roy Salvadori and Carroll Shelby took the top spot, while Maurice Trintignant and Paul Frère came in second. Aston Martin dominated the race due to their fantastic teamwork and the trust they could put in the car to deliver unbeatable pace and reliability. They beat the likes of Ferrari, Porsche and Ecurie Ecosse Jaguars to secure an outright victory that is still the stuff of motoring legend.

Just five DBR1 models were built between 1956 and 1959 making it one of the rarest Aston Martins. So it’s hardly surprising that when it came onto the market in 2017 in Monterey, USA it became one of the most expensive British cars ever sold fetching an incredible 17.5 million pounds.

It has even been hailed by Sir Stirling Moss as ‘the most important Aston Martin ever produced.’

In honour of this amazing car, its outstanding achievement and its racing heritage 24 special edition ‘DBS 59’ cars have been commissioned, one for each hour of the tough Le Mans endurance race.

Finished in timeless racing green the DBS 59 features exquisite carbon fibre and bronze detailing. Each car will carry an identifiable production number, from 1-24, in a small white roundel adjacent to the side strakes.

Inside the DBS 59, the racing inspiration continues. The seats are trimmed in a classic black and tan leather with a unique DBS 59 logo embroidered into the headrests. While the seat backs and door inserts feature a distinctly patterned fabric inspired by the original fabric used in the DBR1.

As a true motoring legend the DBS 59 will come with period blue race overalls complete with the Aston Martin ‘DBS 59’ logos; replica string-backed racing gloves like those worn by 1959 Le Mans-winning driver Caroll Shelby and a replica 1959 race helmet.

Further accessories include a bespoke 2-piece luggage set to match the interior trim and a unique car cover in Aston Martin Racing Green which features white roundels with the specific edition number.

By combining the iconic DBR1 heritage with the most powerful series production model, the DBS Superleggera, Aston Martin has created another truly covetable car.

Aston Martin Vice-President and Chief Marketing Officer, Simon Sproule has said of the DBS 59:

“When Aston Martin Cambridge expressed a desire to create a limited run of DBS Superleggeras inspired by the DBR1’s famous Le Mans victory we knew it had to be something special. The soft metallic hue of the Aston Martin Racing Green paintwork is classy and timelessly beautiful; the level of thought and detailing is exceptional. My favourite element on the ‘DBS 59’ are the seat backs that feature fabric inspired by the DBR1 seat material, but there are countless touches that will intrigue and delight”.

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