The car pays tribute to the legendary Aston Martin DBR1 racer that won the 24 Hours of Le Mans in 1959.
Aston Martin is honoring the legacy of the iconic DBR1 race car that won the 24 Hours of Le Mans in 1959 with the launch of a new special edition DBS Superleggera developed by the automaker’s Q personalization division. Commissioned by Aston Martin Cambridge, the Aston Martin DBS 59 features several unique design cues inspired by the DBR1 such as the gleaming Aston Martin Racing Green paintwork. There’s also extensive use of gloss finish carbon fiber on the roof, roof strake, and painted hood louvres, while bronze accents adorn the grille, spoiler and wheels.
The retro theme continues inside with a mix of Obsidian Black and Chestnut Tan leather used throughout the interior, and the seat backs and door inserts are trimmed with fabric inspired by the DBR1 seat material. Elsewhere, Aston Martin’s Q division has added bespoke Saddle Leather Helmet Pods in the rear compartment to hold special ‘DBS 59’ crash helmets, race suits and gloves, and a bespoke ‘DBS 59’ logo embroidered in the seat headrests.
Buyers will receive a two-piece luggage set which matches the interior, while an Aston Martin Racing Green car cover is also included featuring a white roundel with the car’s production number.
“When Aston Martin Cambridge expressed a desire to create a limited run of DBS Superleggeras inspired by the DBR1’s famous Le Mans victory we knew it had to be something special,” said Aston Martin Vice-President and Chief Marketing Officer, Simon Sproule.
“The soft metallic hue of the Aston Martin Racing Green paintwork is classy and timelessly beautiful; the level of thought and detailing is exceptional. My favorite element on the ‘DBS 59’ are the seat backs that feature fabric inspired by the DBR1 seat material, but there are countless touches that will intrigue and delight”.
Like the standard DBS Superleggera, the DBS 59 is powered by a 5.2-liter V12 engine that produces 715 hp and 663 lb-ft of torque, paired with an eight-speed automatic transmission. 0-62 mph takes 3.4 seconds before the car hits a top speed of 211 mph.
The Aston Martin DBS 59 will be available to order from the Aston Martin Cambridge dealership, which is currently taking orders. Only 24 examples are being produced, each representing one hour of the endurance race the DBR1 competed in nearly 50 years ago.