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Sold for: £86,625
Designed and built by Aston Martin in the late 1950s, the DBR1 and DBR2 were legendary sports racing cars built primarily for the 24 Hours of Le Mans and other high profile sports car races of the period in both Europe and the USA. They were particularly successful in the hands of, both Innes Ireland, who won the Daily Express Trophy at Silverstone, and Sir Stirling Moss who finished second at Spa but went on to win both the British Empire Trophy at Oulton Park and the Sussex Trophy at Goodwood. Across the Atlantic, the car won at Lime Rock and Marlborough in the hands of George Constantine, before Carol Shelby and Roy Salvadori sealed the car's legendary status by winning Le Mans outright in 1959. They were regarded as stunning looking and highly evocative of the era and today no-one truly knows the value of a DBR1 or DBR2. In 2012, DBR1/2 'XSK 497'was reputedly sold for £20million and it is likely today that they are amongst the world's most valuable racing cars. So this particular car, which was built in 2013 by the very highly respected Evanta Motor Company, owned by car designer and " For the Love of Cars" Classic Car enthusiast, Ant Anstead, is an exciting and rare opportunity. The original owner of this car took over 150 photographs of the real car and considered 15 different Pantones before selecting the best recreation of the Aston Martin Racing Green and the correct 'duck egg' colour for the frame. The car is fitted with De-Dion rear suspension and coil over front wishbones, along with disc brakes all round, 4 pot Girling front calipers and 2 pot rears. The 16" wire wheels are shod with period reproduction Michelin tyres and power comes from a brand new Jaguar 4.2 high compression engine which is not yet run in! The gearbox is a Getrag 5 speed which now has to handle 203.4BHP and 291Lbs ft of torque, according to the dyno sheet in the car's history file. Silverstone Auctions sold this car before in May 2014 to a known enthusiast and collector who has enjoyed it immensely, but wanted a better power plant than the original second hand 3.8 and so bought a special new 4.2 high compression engine which was built, fitted and set-up at a cost in excess of £14,000. Having completed only a few hundred miles (during which he was absolutely delighted) the current owner has now acquired his next classic car, which is more appropriate for the long distance European touring that he intends to do during 2016. Offered ready to enjoy this Spring and with a fresh MoT.