DOMINANCE in the arena is worth celebrating, and both the sharks circling the waters of the 1959 24 Hours of LeMans were both fine examples from British marque Aston Martin. The legendary DBR1 swept the Italian and German prancing horses to take both pole and second position in commanding fashion (a twenty-five lap berth), cementing it as the automaker’s finest year in motorsports.

The aggressive intakes are keener than ever before – we dig.

Aston Martin’s marking the diamond jubilee of that triumph with a nod to the DBR – with a limited run of 24 units of the DBS59. Obvious choice of numbers there, as is the overt decision to use the Aston Martin Racing Green that the original DBRs sported. Some of the fabric patterning in the interior reflects the original as well.

We suppose you could go into a full recline and bask in the glory of the ’59 win presumably the ‘fresco’ on the roof seen here.

The similarities taper off from there – the finery in the cabin is all about commemorating that watershed year, with embroidered 59s adorning many a surface – at its heart, the DBS59 is essentially a DBS Superleggera. That means the lucky owners will be piloting a twin-turbo v12 capable of 339kmh and delivering 715 hp (much preferable to the 250-ish stick shift, we imagine.)

The original DBR1s do look like something we want in our garage, but we don’t imagine that’s the cocoon of comfort you want in a tribute supercar.

It all comes together with AM’s final touch, which allows you to channel your inner Roy Salvadori and/or Carroll Shelby with a wingman of your choosing (yes, the Shelby). Peek into the rear of the cabin and you’ll see true-to-life replicas of the winning team’s helmets, suits and gloves. Gratis, of course.

Inquire after the vehicles through the Cambridge dealership only.


written by.

Xiangjun Liao

XJ is the associate digital editor and works the F&B, tech, watch and motoring beats. Correspondingly, he's an alcoholic carnivore with a boyish fascination for all things mechanical. No prizes for guessing which Jaguar he wishes to commandeer.
The most iconic Aston Martin in motorsports history lives on in limited edition DBS 59
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