Aston Martin DBS 59 celebrates 60 years of DBR1’s historic win at 1959 Le Mans

Article by Christian A., on November 5, 2018

Aston Martin is celebrating 60 years of its historic win and 1-2 finish at the 1959 24 Hours of Le Mans with a new special edition of the Aston Martin DBS. This Q by Aston Martin creation was commissioned by Aston Martin Cambridge, and only 24 units will be built with thorough reference with the Aston Martin DBR1 race car that clutched the 1959 victory. The British carmaker is introducing the new Aston Martin DBS 59.

As it moniker says, this special edition Aston DBS Superleggera pays tribute to the 1959 win by adding the figure “59” as a suffix. Fielded by David Brown Racing, Aston Martin DBR1 #5 (piloted by Roy Salvadori and Carroll Shelby) and #6 (driven by Maurice Trintignant and Paul Frere racers secured the first and second place finishes, respectively, at the 1959 Le Mans.

But the references don’t end there. The commissioned work is only for 24 examples, each unit of the DBS 59 represents every hour of the 24-hour Le Mans race where the DBR1 grabbed unmatched wins. In fact, DBS 59 models are identified by a small painted white roundel located adjacent to the side strakes, with each unit numbered from 1 to 24.

To distinguish the new DBS 59 special editions from the regular DBS Superleggeras, they are provided with several bespoke design elements, hand-crafted interiors as well as graphic elements derived from the Aston Martin DBR1 and the 1959 Le Mans.

For instance, the new Aston Martin DBS 59 is wrapped in Aston Martin Racing Green finish. The DBS 59 also extensively employs Carbon Fiber gloss finish especially on the roof, roof strake and bonnet louvers. Bronze detailing is found on strategic locations outside and inside, including the front grille surround and ‘Superleggera’ bonnet script, as well as the Q Fender Badge and rear Aston Martin script.

Inside, the cabin of the Aston Martin DBS 59 is upholstered in Obsidian Black and Chestnut Tan leather, with the seat backs and door inserts trim by fabric inspired by the DBR1 seat material. A bespoke DBS 59 logo is embroidered in the seat headrests. Bespoke Saddle Leather Helmet Pods are also found in the rear compartment, accommodating special DBS 59 crash helmets, race suits and gloves.

Accessories in the Aston Martin DBS 59 include period blue race overalls with Aston Martin and DBS 59 logos. In addition, the DBS 59 feature replica 1959 race helmet and replica string-backed racing gloves similar to those worn by Shelby. Also included is bespoke car cover in Aston Martin Racing Green marked by white roundels with specific edition number. Clients will also receive a bespoke 2-piece luggage matched to the cabin theme of the DBS 59.

Source: Aston Martin

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