$30 Million Aston Martin DBR1 Smashed Up During Vintage Race

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Le Mans-winning Aston Martin DBR1/2. Photo via Talacrest.

Le Mans-winning Aston Martin DBR1/2. Photo via Talacrest.

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An Aston Martin DBR1 similar to the one pictured above has received a punch to the nose and tail courtesy of an Austin Healey and a Jaguar. The legendary bit of motorsports history was racing in a Supercars of the 1950s vintage race at Castle Combe in the United Kingdom when it wound up with seriously bent metal. This is the DBR1 that finished second at Le Mans in 1959, behind a first place DBR1 driven by Carroll Shelby.

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The car started life as a DBR3, but was converted to DBR1 spec after the initial engine installed wasn't up to snuff for competitive racing. Its chassis code is DBR1/4. Many outlets are quick to report that this car is a winning car driven by Sir Stirling Moss. That doesn't seem to be the case though, as Moss piloted DBR1/3 to a victory at the 1000km of Nürburgring in 1958, and used DBR1/2 to secure the overall manufacturer's title for Aston Martin in 1959. This DBR1/4 chassis doesn't actually have any racing titles under its belt.

Regardless, it's a very important piece of Aston Martin's motorsports history as just five DBR1 examples were ever produced. This one is said to be worth around $30 million, and it's privately owned. You can bet the good folks at Aston Martin Works in Newport Pagnell are already readying their tools to mend this car and get it back on the track, where it belongs.

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Head to The Telegraph to view some photos of the wreck.

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