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Aston Martin DBR1 is most expensive British car sold at auction

23 August 2017

The 1956 Aston Martin DBR1, with chassis number one, has become the most expensive British car to be sold at auction after fetching $22,550,000.

The classic racer, which took the Nurburgring 1000 kilometre race in 1959 but failed to win the 24 Hours of Le Mans, was sold with its original 2,992 cc inline six engine. However, the car is currently fitted with a modern engine, enabling it to compete in historic racing events without risking the original powerplant.

The DBR1 was sold by RM Sotheby’s at Monterey Car Week. It joined a handful of other classic Astons, including a 1959 DB4GT, which sold for $6.765m and a DBR9 from 2006, which went for $616,000.

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