Q BY AS­TON MAR­TIN “DBS 59” Marks Leg­endary 1959 LE Mans Win

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One of the great­est mo­ments in As­ton Mar­tin Lagonda’s (AML) il­lus­tri­ous mo­tor­sport his­tory is the in­spi­ra­tion for the lat­est Q by As­ton Mar­tin: Com­mis­sion; the ‘DBS 59’. In­spired by As­ton Mar­tin’s his­toric 1-2 fin­ish in the 1959 24 Hours of Le Mans with its iconic DBR1, As­ton Mar­tin Cam­bridge has com­mis­sioned a col­lec­tion of 24 very spe­cial DBS Su­per­leg­geras - one for ev­ery hour of the leg­endary en­durance race. Called the

‘DBS 59’, each is iden­ti­fied by be­spoke de­sign fea­tures, hand-crafted in­te­ri­ors and graphic el­e­ments draw­ing di­rectly from the DBR1 and the race it so fa­mously con­quered.

A mar­que syn­ony­mous with suc­cess in the world’s tough­est en­durance race - the most re­cent be­ing a dra­matic class win for the V8 Van­tage GTE in last year’s race - As­ton Mar­tin’s out­right vic­tory in the 1959 24 Hours of Le Mans is the stuff of mo­tor­sport leg­end. Fac­ing stern op­po­si­tion from works Fer­rari and Porsche en­tries, plus a team of Ecurie Ecosse Jaguars, the David Brown Rac­ing

As­ton Mar­tin DBR1s fought valiantly to score a fa­mous 1-2 fin­ish in a mas­ter­ful dis­play of pace, re­li­a­bil­ity and team­work.

Since de­scribed by Sir Stir­ling Moss - who helped As­ton Mar­tin win the 1959 World Sportscar Cham­pi­onship - as ‘the most im­por­tant As­ton Mar­tin ever pro­duced’, the DBR1 has de­servedly at­tained iconic sta­tus. 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).

Im­me­di­ately iden­ti­fi­able by its time­lessly beau­ti­ful As­ton Mar­tin Rac­ing Green paint­work, the DBS 59 fea­tures ex­ten­sive use of gloss fin­ish Car­bon Fi­bre, most strik­ingly on the roof, roof strake and painted bon­net lou­vres. A clas­sic com­bi­na­tion of Ob­sid­ian Black and Chest­nut Tan leather is used through­out the in­te­rior, to­gether with fab­ric in­spired by the DBR1 seat ma­te­rial used to trim the ‘DBS 59’s’ seat backs and door in­serts. Bronze de­tail­ing is strate­gi­cally de­ployed around the ex­te­rior and in­te­rior, with the front grille sur­round, ‘Su­per­leg­gera’ bon­net script, rear As­ton Mar­tin script and Q Fender Badge amongst the items painted.

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; replica string-backed rac­ing gloves mod­eled on those worn by 1959 Le Mans-win­ning driver Caroll Shelby; replica 1959 race hel­met; be­spoke 2-piece lug­gage set to match in­te­rior trim; be­spoke car cover in As­ton Mar­tin Rac­ing Green and fea­tur­ing white roundels with spe­cific edi­tion num­ber.

The DBR1’s proud ge­netic legacy is very much ev­i­dent in the 2018 DBS Su­per­leg­gera. The fastest and most pow­er­ful se­ries pro­duc­tion model in As­ton Mar­tin’s multi-award win­ning range, this 211mph, 715bhp Su­per GT is an in­spired com­bi­na­tion of im­pe­ri­ous per­for­mance and im­pec­ca­ble style. Hav­ing re­ceived the at­ten­tion of Q by As­ton Mar­tin: Com­mis­sion it is a truly cov­etable car; one aimed at those who ap­pre­ci­ate the last­ing sig­nif­i­cance of DBR1’s his­toric vic­tory and world-beat­ing con­tem­po­rary per­for­mance and han­dling of the DBS Su­per­leg­gera.

Speak­ing of the ‘DBS 59’, As­ton Mar­tin Vice-Pres­i­dent and Chief Mar­ket­ing Of­fi­cer, Si­mon Sproule said: “When As­ton Mar­tin Cam­bridge ex­pressed a de­sire to cre­ate a lim­ited run of DBS Su­per­leg­geras in­spired by the DBR1’s fa­mous Le Mans vic­tory we knew it had to be some­thing spe­cial. The soft metal­lic hue of the As­ton Mar­tin Rac­ing Green paint­work is classy and time­lessly beau­ti­ful; the level of thought and de­tail­ing is ex­cep­tional. My favourite el­e­ment on the ‘DBS 59’ are the seat backs that fea­ture fab­ric in­spired by the DBR1 seat ma­te­rial, but there are count­less touches that will in­trigue and de­light”.

The ‘DBS 59’ lim­ited edi­tion is the fourth Q by As­ton Mar­tin: Com­mis­sion from As­ton Mar­tin Cam­bridge, fol­low­ing on from the suc­cess of last year’s Red Ar­rows Edi­tion Van­quish S, and the ear­lier suc­cess of V12 Van­tage S Spit­fire 80 Edi­tion, mark­ing 80 years of the Su­per­ma­rine Spit­fire’s first flight, and the Van­tage S Blades Edi­tion, de­vel­oped in col­lab­o­ra­tion with the Blades Aer­o­batic Dis­play Team.

‘DBS 59s’ 1 through 24 are avail­able to or­der now from As­ton Mar­tin Cam­bridge. To place your or­der please con­tact Si­mon Lane at si­[email protected]­dinemo­tors.co.uk.

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