An Aston Martin dealership has revealed the DBS 59, a limited run version of the DBS Superleggera that celebrates the 60th anniversary of the firm’s iconic win AT Le Mans.

Just 24 DBS 59s will be built, and handed over by Aston Martin Cambridge – the dealer that came up with the idea to celebrate the legendary 1959 Le Mans triumph, whereby two DBR1s unexpectedly came first and second in the iconic 24-hour race.

The DBS 59 pays homage to that racer, which is the most expensive British car ever sold at auction – with its Aston Martin racing Green paint and Bronze detailing to the car’s grille surround, wheel faces, DBS badges and brake callipers.

On the interior, the special model features two helmet docks finished in saddle leather, while perhaps the most notable is the leather headlining, which has been designed from a commissioned print of DBR1s racing on track. Owners will also get a print of this painting to hang in their houses, too.

Unsurprisingly, the car also features numerous plaques, treadplates and minor design touches that hark back to the DBR1 and the 1959 racing victory.

The DBS 59 is essentially a limited edition version of Aston Martin’s recently unveiled DBS Superleggera – the firm’s flagship model that’s capable of a 211mph top speed and 0-60mph time of 3.2 seconds, thanks to a mighty 715bhp 5.2-litre V12 engine.

Naturally, these models command a hefty premium over the standard model’s £228,0000 asking price – coming in at £325,000.

That price does, however, include a rather special handover experience, as the lucky owners of the new model will take delivery of their cars from Le Mans in June next year to coincide with the famous French 24-hour race. As well as picking their cars up from the grid, owners will have the chance to take their vehicles on a parade lap two hours ahead of the start of the race.

Simon Lane, dealer principal at Aston Martin Cambridge, said: “The 1959 Le Mans race is a really big iconic story for the Aston Martin brand, so I’m really proud that on the back of the previous projects we’ve delivered the factory has entrusted us to be the main celebration for this anniversary.”

This is the fourth project which has been commissioned by the dealership – the other three being aviation-themed projects including partnerships with the Red Arrows and also a Spitfire-based V12 Vantage S.

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Ted Welford


November 2, 2018