Would you pay $22.5 million for the Aston Martin?
Aston Martin as a brand has been immortalised for the wider audience by the James Bond movie series. However, automobile enthusiasts remember it first and foremost as a classic racing car. This car was raced by Sir Stirling Moss and described as the "most important Aston Martin ever produced". And after its long and glorious run, the car still had enough charisma in it to make a final statement - has become the most valuable British-made car ever, when it sold for $22.5 million (£17.5m) at the annual auction at Monterey Car Week.
The winning bid was not even done in person, either. For a full seven minutes, there was a fierce bidding contest, with a private collector putting in the winning bid at the very end. Talk about literally phoning it in. The 1956 Aston Martin DBR1, is the firm's equivalent to the Ferrari 250 GTO and Mercedes-Benz 300 SLR, and just five were built between 1956 and 1958.
This one sold is chassis number one - a purpose-built model developed by racing design chief, Ted Cutting. DBR1/1 was designed to win at Le Mans, but while it failed to take the chequered flag in the 24-hour race, a later model did at the 1959 Le Mans.
This particular car won the Nurburgring 1000 kilometre race that same year. It was subsequently sold, converted and made legal for street use in 1962. Described as the “most correct example”, it is the first of the DBR1 line, driven by such luminaries as Carroll Shelby, Jack Brabham, Roy Salvadori and of course, Sir Stirling Moss – the car is also quite famous.
The car is fitted with a 301bhp-racing engine, but the original - which increased in power over the years up to around 270bhp -was also thrown into the final price as a part of a bargain. At the moment the experts are pondering which classic British racer should be their pick for next year’s Most Expensive Car accolade.