Aston Martin DBR1 auctioned for INR 145 crore – Most expensive British car ever
1956, chassis No.1 Aston Martin DBR1 sold for a record $22,550,000 at RM Sotheby’s Monterey making it the most expensive British car ever sold at an auction.
Aston Martin’s 1956 DBR1 was auctioned at RM Sotherby’s Monterey for an astounding record price of $22,550,000 (INR 144,46,65,750). This car, which has won the 1959 Nürburgring 1,000 km race and was picked up by a private collector after a full 7 minutes of fierce bidding. This record price of $22,550,000 supersedes the previous record holder, a Jaguar D-Type which was sold last year for $21,800,000.
The 1956 Aston Martin DBR1 is not only famous for its win at the 1959 Nürburgring 1,000 km race and for the fact that it is the most original of 5 DBR1s in existence, but it has also been driven by Carroll Shelby, Roy Salvadori, Stirling Moss, Jack Brabham and Reg Parnell.
1956 Aston Martin DBR1, which is the company’s equivalent to the the likes of Ferrari 250 GTO and Mercedes Benz 300 SLR, was limited to just 5 units built during the period 1956-58. This particular model that was auctioned is Chassis No.1 and was a purpose built model developed by racing design chief Ted Cutting.
After its performance at Nurburgring, it was sold and converted and made into a street legal car in 1962. It was originally powered by a 2,992cc inline six cylinder engine but currently has a new engine with output raised to 301hp.
Have a look at the beautiful car in the image gallery below.