Most expensive ever British car sold goes for £17.5m
DBR1 001 rakes in a staggering sum at RM Sotheby's Monterey auction
It’s not every day that a sales record gets broken, but when it does you want it to be because of something extra special.
Well, here is said ‘something extra special’ – an Aston Martin DBR1.
And not just any DBR1, but chassis number one – and one of only five ever built. In terms of British cars this is one of the very best, and just look at it – it is beautiful!
On August 18 at RM Sotheby’s Monterey auction, this 1956 DBR1 went for a staggering $22.5million, or £17.5m in old money.
That means it has taken over the title from the equally beautiful and brilliant 1955 Jaguar D-Type, with an example being sold last year for $21.8m (£16.9m).
Many have called this Aston the most important in the company’s history, as it won the 1959 Nürburgring 1000km and has been driven by some of motor racing’s all-time greats – including Sir Stirling Moss, Jack Brabham and Carroll Shelby.
This was also the only DBR1 to come up for sale – so unless you had in excess of $20m hanging around on Friday night, your chance is gone for now.
But can we just marvel in its beauty again, because it’s arguably the best looking Aston ever built – and that’s saying something.