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World famous Aston Martin DBR1/2 makes history

03 September 2012

The world famous Aston Martin DBR1/2 makes history as the most valuable Aston Martin, on sale on the open market for a staggering 20 Million.

Aston Martins most successful racing car the DBR1/2, is regarded as one of the finest built by the firm in its 99-year history but also one of the rarest. This is reflected in the record breaking 20 Million price tag attached to this particular car - four times as much as any British car ever sold publicly. The only cars known to have fetched more are the Bugatti Type 57C and Ferrari 250 GTO - with these changing hands behind closed doors.

This 1957 model has been raced its entire life, meticulously maintained, and is now on the market for the first time in 20 years with Ascot based Talacrest.

Built by Ted Cutting, the Aston Martin DBR 1/2 is fitted with a three-litre engine which put out around 250bhp.

The road-legal sports car triumphed at the 1957 Nurburgring 1,000km race, 1957 Spa Grand Prix and the Goodwood Tourist Trophy in both 1958 and 1959 when Stirling Moss drove to victory.

As well as Le Mans in 1959, with Carroll Shelby and Roy Salvadori behind the wheel, the car averaged 112.5mph over the 24-hour period in its finest moment.

Founder John Collins described it as 'the holy grail of motoring' and 'the most recognisable and valuable Aston Martin in history'.

'I would say it is one of the top five cars in the world, and models of this calibre and undisputed provenance are rarely available on the open market,' he added.

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