Aston Martin has revealed the ‘DBS 59’ – a new limited-edition model styled by the British brand’s Q by Aston Martin division.
Based upon the company’s fastest production car, namely, the 715 bhp, 211 mph DBS Supeleggera, the DBS 59 has been created to celebrate Aston Martin’s historic 1-2 finish in the 1959 24 Hours of Le Mans, which it achieved with the famous DBR1 racing car.
The latter was once described by Sir Stirling Moss – who helped Aston Martin win the 1959 World Sportscar Championship – as “the most important Aston Martin ever produced”.
Just five were built between 1956 and 1959, making it one of the rarest Aston Martins ever, and when one last went to auction (at Monterey in 2017) it set a new world record as the most valuable British-made car ever with a sale price of £17.5m ($22.5m).
Commissioned by Aston Martin’s Cambridge dealership, only 24 units will be built of the new DBS 59 – one for every hour of the legendary endurance race.
The car is immediately identifiable by its racing green paintwork, while there’s also extensive use of gloss finish carbon-fibre, most noticeably on the roof, roof strake and painted bonnet louvres. Bronze detailing is also deployed around the exterior, with the front grille surround, ‘Superleggera’ bonnet script, rear Aston Martin script and Q Fender Badge amongst the items painted.
On the inside, black and Chestnut Tan leather is combined with a fabric that is claimed to have been inspired by the original DBR1’s seat material, and which has been specifically used to trim the seat backs and door inserts.
Additional Q by Aston Martin detailing include 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. Each of the ‘DBS 59s’ will be identifiable by a small painted white roundel adjacent to the side strakes, with each car numbered from 1-24.
Further accessories include period blue race overalls complete with Aston Martin and ‘DBS 59’ logos; a set of replica string-backed racing gloves modelled on those worn by 1959 Le Mans-winning driver Caroll Shelby; a custom 2-piece luggage designed to match the interior trim; and, lastly, a bespoke car cover.