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Aston Martin DBS 59 Celebrates Le Mans Victory 59 Years Ago

Motor Trend logo Motor Trend 11/2/2018 Motor Trend Staff

Aston Martin is celebrating its 1959 Le Mans victory with a special edition car. The Aston Martin DBS 59 features design elements from the original DBR1 that Caroll Shelby and Roy Salvadori piloted to victory 59 years ago.

The DBS 59 starts life as a DBS Superleggera, and it adds the green paint job from the winning car. It also features glossy carbon-fiber accents on the roof, roof strake, and hood vents. Inside, the seats and door inserts are made from material inspired by the fabric inside the DBR1. Also look for bronze accents on the exterior and interior, a Superleggera logo on the hood, and a Q fender badge representing Aston Martin's customization division.

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The rear has a special compartment to hold the replica 1959 crash helmet also offered by Aston Martin Q. The division also made replica racing gloves worn by Shelby, period blue race overalls with the DBS 59 logo, and a two-piece luggage set that matches the black and tan interior of the car.

Just like the standard DBS Superleggera that we drove back in July, the special edition delivers 715 hp and has a top speed of 211 mph. In comparison, the 1959 DBR1 featured a 2.9-liter engine rated at 250 hp. It's one of the rarest Aston Martins ever built; only five copies were made between 1956 and 1959. One of them was sold last year at Monterey for $22.5 million.

Aston Martin DBS 59 with DBR1© Motor Trend Staff Aston Martin DBS 59 with DBR1

Aston Martin will make 24 copies of the DBS 59. Each one is marked with its build number placed near the side strakes. The car is now available to order from Aston Martin Cambridge.

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