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Aston Martin DBR1

1956 - 1959 Aston Martin DBR1

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  • Aston Martin DBR1
  • Year:
    1956- 1959
  • Make:
  • Model:
  • Engine:
    inline-6
  • Transmission:
    5-speed manual
  • Horsepower @ RPM:
    254 @ 6250
  • Displacement:
    2922 cc
  • 0-60 time:
    6 sec. (Est.)
  • Top Speed:
    155 mph (Est.)
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Like many British carmakers, Aston Martin came to life as a race car builder. The Brits built their first vehicles in 1922, which went on to set world speed and endurance records at the Brooklands track, and later focused on road-going sports cars and grand tourers. Struck by financial problems in the 1930s, Aston Martin shifted production to aircraft components during World War II. In 1947, tractor manufacturer David Brown Limited bought both Aston Martin and Lagonda bringing them under the same roof.

The David Brown era, which lasted until early 1972, was one of the most successful in Aston Martin history — leading to the creation of the legendary DB series, which still exists through the DB9 and its upcoming successor. However, the road-going DBs weren’t Sir David Brown’s only achievements as managing director of Aston Martin. The entrepreneur also brought the British brand back to the race track by launching the DBR series in the early 1950s. More importantly, Brown approved the development of Aston Martin’s only outright Le Mans winner to date.

The car in question is the DBR1, which went on to win the 1959 24 Hours of Le Mans, against stiff competition from V-12 powered Ferraris and with none other than Carroll Shelby behind the wheel.

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