And it’s in racing green, of course.
You, the person reading this, are probably too young to remember this. This writer is also too young to remember this. But 60-years ago, Aston Martin celebrated an amazing 1-2 finish at the 1959 Le Mans 24-Hour race, with the two DBR1’s being piloted by Roy Salvadori/Carroll Shelby & Maurice Trintignant/Paul Frère managed to beat all and sundry to take the top two positions on the podium.
A photo-finish like that is something that deserves to be commemorated, and commemorated rightly. And now, 60-years on, 24 specially-commissioned Aston Martin DBS Superleggeras will be fettled by Q branch and reborn, as Aston Martin DBS 59s.
Only five original DBR1s were ever made, but the DBS 59s won’t be quite as rare. Each one will be numbered individually on the roundels on the car’s flanks, and sold exclusively via Aston Martin of Cambridge (sorry, no Australian allocation here). All of them will be finished in a deep Aston Martin Racing Green, while details will be done up in either carbon-fibre or bronze.
Step inside and the unique finishes continue, with the cabin trimmed in a black/tan combination, as well as patterned black fabric, just like the 50’s racing cars. Additionally there’ll be bespoke ‘Helmet Pods’ that contain (surprise) helmets, race-suits, and gloves, inspired by the articles that Carroll Shelby wore during the win, all of which feature unique DBS 59 motifs.
There will be no changes to the mechanicals, with the 5.2-litre biturbo V12 continuing to produce 533kW and 900Nm, making the DBS 59 one of the most powerful Aston Martins in the range.