Moss DBR1 set to break Brit price record

Classic Car Weekly (UK) - - This Week - rm­sothe­bys.com

This 1956 As­ton Martin DBR1 racer will be­come the most ex­pen­sive Bri­tish car ever sold at auc­tion if it beats its es­ti­mate.

The DBR1 has a guide price of more than £15 mil­lion, but will need to fetch more than £17 mil­lion to top­ple the Bri­tish record, set by a Jaguar D-Type last year. It will be sold at the RM Sotheby’s Mon­terey sale at the Peb­ble Beach Con­cours d-El­e­gance on 18-19 Au­gust.

RM Sotheby’s has de­scribed it as ‘the most im­por­tant As­ton Martin ever pro­duced.’ The car com­peted at Le Mans in 1957 and 1958, as well as the Nür­bur­gring 1000km in 1957, 1958 and 1959, the last of which Sir Stir­ling Moss and Jack Fair­man won with the car.

It will be sold along­side a group of other high-end As­ton Martins at the sale, in­clud­ing a 1935 Ul­ster val­ued at £2m, and a 1959 DB4 GT val­ued at £6m.

Bar­ney Ruprecht, car spe­cial­ist at RM Sotheby’s, says: ‘ This is the most sig­nif­i­cant group of As­tons to ever come to auc­tion. It is a true priv­i­lege to be en­trusted with the sale of all four re­mark­able cars. From the Ul­ster – the pin­na­cle of pre-war com­pe­ti­tion – to the found­ing mem­ber of the DB4 GT fam­ily, the ul­ti­mate As­ton in the DBR1, all the way through to mod­ern times with the DBR9, the group rep­re­sents the com­plete lin­eage of As­ton Martin com­pe­ti­tion his­tory.’

Could this be Bri­tain’s most ex­pen­sive car ever sold at auc­tion? It’ll need to fetch more than £17 mil­lion to do so.

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