Aston Martin Marks 60 Years Since Only Le Mans Win with Special DBS 59 Edition
If you want the ultimate front-engined Aston Martin experience and your bank accounts are adequately full, you have to go with the DBS Superleggera - the 715 horsepower monster that weighs under 4,000 pounds and can reach 211 mph. If you’re crazy about the brand’s history, then the DBS 59 is the car for you as it looks back at Aston’s first big splash in motorsport.
We’ve talked about the DBS Superleggera 59 before when Aston Martin first released a few pictures of the new limited-edition model commissioned by Aston Martin Cambridge for an occasion like no other in the brand’s history: the 60th anniversary of Roy Salvadori and Carroll Shelby’s sole overall win at Le Mans aboard the works-backed Aston Martin DBR1/300. We’re talking a lot here about a variety of manufacturers trying to find any sort of reason that could warrant the introduction of a special model, but this one right here is really special.
Why? Because it’s a way at looking back while keeping in mind that Aston Martin might mount an attack on Le Mans with its sights locked on the overall victory with a ’hypercar’ as per the new regulations that are set to be introduced in the World Endurance Championship in little over a year. These new rules, apparently, will allow Aston Martin Valkyrie-type cars to compete in what is currently the LMP1 category.
Right before the 2014 Geneva Motor Show kicked off in March we introduced you to the new Aston Martin V8 Vantage N430, a special edition model that made the V8 Vantage more appealing with slightly more horsepower and a few extras here and there.
We were a bit disappointed that the British company was mum on details in regard to an U.S. version, but that’s no longer available, as Aston Martin has just announced plans to introduce the said model to its potential North American customers at the New York Auto Show.
The vehicle will be sold under the V8 Vantage GT moniker and, just like the Euro-spec N430, it will be offered in both coupe and roadster body styles. Making things even better, Aston Martin is offering the new special-edition model at a considerably lower price compared to the standard V8 Vantage.
Click past the jump to read more about the 2015 Aston Martin V8 Vantage GT
The 11th Annual East Side House Settlement Gala Preview of theNew York International Auto Show is scheduled for April 1, 2010 at the Jacob K. Javits Center. The gala will include food, cocktails, entertainment, and handsomely dressed car lovers, but by far the most exciting portion of the evening will be seeing the new Aston Martin Rapide and having the opportunity to win an exclusive Aston Martin Rapide driving package. Okay, we’ll admit that we have seen the Rapide up close and personal, but we are very jealous of whomever wins this driving package. The package includes an excursion for two at the Aston Martin driving school in Detroit, Michigan, for a full-day, one-on-one driving lesson, as well as a one-week loan of the Aston Martin Rapide; a first opportunity to get behind the wheel of the car before sales begin late in the summer 2010. The package will be auctioned off in a Silent Auction occurring during dinner. Unfortunately, in order to bid on this extraordinary package, you must have a dinner ticket in hand. These tickets are reserved for benefactors.
Check out the full story plus the official press release after the jump.