Moss DBR1 set to break Brit price record
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.