The 1956 Aston Martin DBR1 has claimed the crown for the most expensive British car ever sold at an auction with a mind-blowing sale price of $22.5 million.
The 1956 DBR1 was the first in a total of five Aston Martins to be made under the supervision of Ted Cutting, and while this model never claimed victory at Circuit de la Sarthe it did take the chequered flag at the 1959 Nürburgring 1000 in the hands of Sir Stirling Moss. The original DBR1 was then retired from life as a works car but continued to be raced privately by the Essex Racing Stable in 1961 and 1962, it was also sold to the Honourable John Dawnay, who served as Aston Martin Owner Club President. The DBR1 enjoyed numerous historic racing success in the 1980s and prior to reaching its latest owner (who has remained anonymous) the DBR1 was awarded ‘Most Elegant Sports Car’ Trophy at the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance in 2001.
The engine currently under the bonnet will give the owner another 33bhp - bump peak output to 297bhp - which, given the auction price, works out at around £58,000 per horsepower.
Though the price tag of the Aston Martin may seem ridiculous, the owner remains a long way off the all-time most expensive car ever to be sold at auction. That title falls to a 1962 Ferrari 250 GTO, which sold for $38m (£29.5m approx), over one and a half times the value of the Aston Martin DBR1.