Special edition DBS pays tribute to the Le Mans-winning Aston Martin DBR1 racer

Aston Martin has cooked up a limited edition DBS Superleggera for one of its most famous dealerships in the U.K. Called the Aston Martin DBS 59, the special edition DBS was commissioned by Aston Martin Cambridge as an homage to the legendary DBR1 race car that won the 24 Hours of Le Mans back in 1959. In true Aston Martin fashion, the DBS 59 comes to us by way of the automaker’s Q division, which has been responsible for some of the most drool-worthy Aston Martin special edition models in recent years. The DBS 59 is dripping with exclusive touches in the exterior and interior befitting a true special edition Aston Martin. The DBS 59 will be available exclusively from Aston Martin Cambridge, and the dealership is now taking orders.

Aston Martin DBS 59 Exterior

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Nobody does special edition models quite like Aston Martin’s Q Division. The British automaker’s customization division is responsible for beauties like the DB11 Henley Royal Regatta, the Vanquish S Ultimate, and the DB9 Volante by Q.

The DBS 59 is the latest special edition to go through the Q Division, created to pay tribute to the only Aston Martin race car to ever win the 24 Hours of Le Mans.

The DBS 59’s commemorative status is evident on the surface, beginning with the same Racing Green paint finish that the DBR1 proudly wore on its way to Aston’s first and only Le Mans title. The DBS 59 looks especially slick and sexy in this color, and it gets even better with the gloss carbon fiber trim. The exclusive DBS Superleggera is also heavy on bronze accents spread throughout its body, specifically on the front grille, rear spoiler, and the wheels.

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Those wheels, in particular, come in a weird spoke design, but it’s hard to complain about their design when they’re wearing such an eye-catching color.

It is interesting, though, that Q Division kept the DBS’ stock front grille instead of adopting the DBR’s simplistic bar-type grille.

I’m not sure how it’s going to look, but it would be an interesting adaptation on the DBS. On that note, the white roundel on the OG race car would’ve been a nice touch, too.

Aston Martin DBS 59 Interior

2018 Aston Martin DBS 59 Interior
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Move to the interior and you’ll be created by a cabin awash in Obsidian Black and Chestnut Leather. Q by Aston Martin also used fabric inspired by the seat material on the DBR1.

Racing green accents and bronze flourishes can be found, too, in the cabin, spread out neatly to further emphasize the exclusive nature of the DBS 59.

Meanwhile, the backrests come with embroidered “DBS 59” logos. It is interesting, though, that we don’t get something tangible from the actual DBR1 on the DBS 59. Perhaps there aren’t enough available resources to use something from the original DBR1 to showcase on the special edition DBS Superleggera. Q did something like that with the Aston Martin Works 60th Anniversary Limited Edition Vanquish, which came with bespoke interior dials that used rotaries from old pistons from a number of iconic Aston Martin models in the past 60 years. There’s nothing of that ilk in the DBS 59. Bummer.

Fortunately, Q by Aston Martin didn’t disappoint when it comes to the extra accessories. The personalization division is known for these extra offerings, having offered anything from handbags, luggages, race gloves, and even racing helmets. Q certainly didn’t skimp on the goodies included in the DBS 59 Superleggera.

Those who are lucky enough to buy one of these babies will also receive period blue racing overalls, vintage-style racing gloves a replica 1959 racing helmet, and a two-piece luggage set that matches the interior treatment of the sports coupe.

The last item of note in this wonderful creation is a Racing Green car cover with a white roundel containing the car’s number. That roundel didn’t make it to the car, but I suppose the car cover is a good consolation.

Aston Martin DBS 59 Drivetrain

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Like most exclusive vehicles created by Q by Aston Martin, the DBS 59 does not have any engine upgrades.

That’s not necessarily a bad thing with this car because it already boasts a 5.2-liter V-12 engine that produces 715 horsepower and 663 pound-feet of torque.

It’s connected to a revised version of the company’s ZF-source eight-speed automatic transmission that sends all that power to the rear wheels, helping the car accelerate from 0 to 62 mph in just 3.4 seconds before setting off on a top speed run that maxes out at 211 mph.

Final Thoughts

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Aston Martin has not released pricing details for the DBS 59. We do know that Aston Martin Cambridge commissioned only 24 units — possibly a hat tip to its Le Mans 23 Hours conquest — and that it’s already taking orders for all units that are still available. As a reference, the standard DBS Superleggera starts from $304,995 here in the U.S. If you need to ask, the DBS 59 should be a lot more expensive than that. That said, don’t worry about the car reaching the price tag of the OG DBR1/1 that was auctioned off back in August 2017. As awesome as the Aston Martin DBS 59, it probably won’t sell for $22.6 million.

Further reading

2019 Aston Martin DBS Superleggera Exterior
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Read our full review on the 2019 Aston Martin DBS Superleggera.

2018 Aston Martin Vanquish S Volante Exterior
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Read our full review on the 2018 Aston Martin Vanquish S Volante.

2012 Aston Martin DBS Coupe High Resolution Exterior
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Read our full review on the 2012 Aston Martin DBS Coupe.

Kirby Garlitos
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