With both 59 Edition cars produced in small numbers globally, the opportunity to gather both cars in one place doesn’t come along very often. Passionate about the Aston Martin story, the owner wanted to reunite both cars at Aston Martin Cheltenham, offering staff and visitors a once-in-a-lifetime glimpse at these historically inspired models.
DBS 59 is a limited run of 24 special edition DBS Superleggera, finished in Aston Martin Racing Green, following a careful examination of the original DBR1’s own paintwork. Bronze details such as the Superleggera bonnet badging, bespoke front grille and brake calipers nod to the bronze switches and dials on the Le Mans winner.
“Aston Martin’s rich history gives us the material to create exciting projects like DBS 59 and Vantage 59 – both created to commemorate our historic 1-2 win in 1959 at the 24 Hours of Le Mans in the historic DBR1. We have a wonderful team at Q by Aston Martin who have the creativity and the engineering prowess to create outstanding limited edition design projects that are imbued with significance and meaning,” says Simon Lane, director of special projects.
The Q by Aston Martin bespoke division also analysed the seat material used on the DBR1 to help recreate the same weave in the DBS 59’s seats. Bronze details continue throughout, including the shift paddles and a ’59 Edition’ logo embroidered onto the seatback. The specially designed headlining now includes a period image from the 1959 24 Hours of Le Mans race of Roy Salvadori and Carroll Shelby piloting the DBR1 to victory.
The Vantage 59, meanwhile, is one of a limited run of the last 59 Aston Martin Vantage AMR models built. Equipped with a number of driver-focused tweaks as standard, the AMR is fitted with an advanced seven-speed manual gearbox and carbon ceramic brakes. The Vantage 59 takes things further still, with a Stirling Green and Lime exterior paint scheme and Dark Knight leather and alcantara interior, finished with a signature AMR lime stripe and stitch.