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.
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.
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.)
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.