In 2019 it will be 60 years since drivers Roy Salvadori/Carroll Shelby and Maurice Trintignant/Paul Frère took the first two steps respectively of the podium and give Aston Martin first and second place at the Le Mans 24 Hours much to the annoyance of works Ferraris and Porsches — and the British carmaker is marking the milestone in style.
Its Q division — which focuses on bespoke customer creations that range from unique colour combinations to one-off coachbuilt models — has created a series of special edition DBS 59s to celebrate the achievement and pay homage to the DBR1 and its storied past. But if you thought the Gaydon carmaker was going to produce 59 of these special models that are mechanically identical to the regular DBS Superleggera (5.2-litre V12 and eight-speed auto making 715 horses; top speed of 340kph) you’d be wrong; just 24 are going to be built. Still, that’s a lot more than just the five DBR1s that were made between 1956 and 1959 (in 2017 one of these became the most expensive British-made car ever sold when it made Dh80million at an auction in Monterey).
Each of the five cars will feature special trim inspired by the original with a white roundel on the fender displaying its number. They’ll all be finished in Aston Martin Racing Green with details in carbon fibre and bronze.
As for the cabin, it will be trimmed in Obsidian Black and Chestnut Tan leather with a patterned fabric — just like the original. It’s also trimmed in Racing Green and bronze throughout and will come with special crash helmets, race suits and gloves that look like those worn by Shelby himself along with lots of embroidered DBS 59 logos.