As­ton Martin’s DBS 59

Upscale Living Magazine - - Content - | By Scott Hunt­ing­ton

As­ton Martin Lag­ona cel­e­brates with a 1-2 win in the iconic 24 Hours of Le Mans race

The name As­ton Martin Lagonda has long been syn­ony­mous with lux­ury and power. The Lagonda com­pany was started in 1904, and As­ton Martin launched in 1913. The two merged in 1947 to be­come the pow­er­house of au­to­mo­tive en­gi­neer­ing we know to­day. The com­pany made his­tory in 1959 with a 1-2 win in the iconic 24 Hours of Le Mans race, and As­ton Martin Lagonda is cel­e­brat­ing this achieve­ment in the best way pos­si­ble — with a new spe­cial edi­tion car. THE 1959 24 HOURS OF LE MANS VIC­TORY

The 8.4-mile long cir­cuit used for the 24 Hours of Le Mans race is one of the most pun­ish­ing in the world. Driv­ers must bal­ance the need for speed with the pun­ish­ment a car will take while driv­ing for 24 hours straight. Even with to­day’s tech­nol­ogy, only 41 of the 60 cars that qual­i­fied for the race in 2018 were able to sur­vive the en­tire event.

Be­fore the 1959 race, As­ton Martin had never won a 24 Hours of Le Mans race. They’d come in sec­ond, third and fourth, but first place eluded them. 1959 was the year they changed that. As­ton Martin took both first and sec­ond place — and third place was an as­ton­ish­ing 26 laps be­hind the win­ner. The first-place car was driven by Roy Sal­vadori of the U.K. and Car­roll Shelby — the mind be­hind the Shelby Mus­tang — of the United States. Mau­rice Trintig­nant of France and Paul Frere of Ger­many drove the sec­ond-place car.

Both of these mod­els were known as DBR1 — one of the fastest pro­duc­tion cars As­ton Martin ever made, named for the David Brown Rac­ing Team which led the com­pany to first place. Only five of these race mod­els were ever built. They were some of As­ton Martin’s most ex­pen­sive cars, sell­ing for $22.5 mil­lion.

So what does this vic­tory have to do with As­ton Martin’s new­est ven­ture?

IN­TRO­DUC­ING THE DBS 59

In­spired by this vic­tory and its swiftly ap­proach­ing 60th an­niver­sary, As­ton Martin com­mis­sioned 24 spe­cial edi­tion DBS Su­per­leg­geras — one for each hour of the race. The car it­self can gen­er­ate 715 horse­power with a top speed of 215 miles per hour. The be­spoke ex­te­rior and in­te­rior set this beau­ti­ful piece of au­to­mo­tive en­gi­neer­ing apart.

The ex­te­rior will be painted As­ton Martin’s sig­na­ture Rac­ing Green, with the roof, hood, and trim made of car­bon fiber. The in­te­rior will be up­hol­stered with black and tan leather — a nod to the in­te­rior of the orig­i­nal DBR1. Ac­cents and trims will all be done in bronze to add a pol­ished look to the in­te­rior. The same bronze ac­cents will adorn the ex­te­rior, in the As­ton Martin and Su­per­leg­gera lo­gos and front fen­der badge.

The cars will also fea­ture hel­met pods in the rear to store the cus­tom de­signed crash hel­met, race suits and gloves that come with each ve­hi­cle. Other ac­ces­sories in this pack­age in­clude race over­alls, a replica of Caroll Shelby’s rac­ing gloves and a two-piece set of As­ton Martin branded lug­gage.

These spe­cial edi­tions will be num­bers 1-24. Once they’re gone, no more will be man­u­fac­tured.

GET YOUR SPE­CIAL EDI­TION AS­TON MARTIN

While As­ton Martin has been a sig­nif­i­cant name in the lux­ury car world for decades, Lagonda has faded into ob­scu­rity. But that will soon change. In 2021, the brand plans to re­launch as the world’s first elec­tric lux­ury car brand. If you want to get your hands on one of these fan­tas­tic spe­cial edi­tions As­ton Martins, orders are open now, but you’ll want to act quickly!

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