A limited edition DBS Superleggera, the DBS 59, has been created to honour Aston Martin’s legendary 1959 Le Mans 1-2 finish.
Aston Martin Cambridge has commissioned a collection of 24 DBS 59s – one for every hour of the iconic endurance race.
Created by Aston Martin’s bespoke service, Q by Aston Martin, the DBS 59 cars take design and styling cues from the Le Mans-winning Aston Martin DBR1 racing car.
Immediately identifiable by its Aston Martin Racing Green paintwork, the DBS 59 features extensive use of gloss finish carbon fibre, most strikingly on the roof, roof strake and painted bonnet louvres.
A combination of Obsidian Black and Chestnut Tan leather is used throughout the interior, together with fabric inspired by the DBR1 seat material used to trim the DBS 59’s seat backs and door inserts.
Bronze detailing is strategically deployed around the exterior and interior, with the front grille surround, ‘Superleggera’ bonnet script, rear Aston Martin script and Q Fender Badge amongst the items painted.
Additional Q by Aston Martin detailing include bespoke saddle leather helmet pods in the rear compartment to hold special DBS 59 crash helmets, race suits and gloves, and a bespoke ‘DBS 59’ logo embroidered in the seat headrests.
Each of the DBS 59s will be identifiable by a small painted white roundel adjacent to the side strakes, with each car numbered from 1-24.
Further accessories include period blue race overalls complete with Aston Martin and ‘DBS 59’ logos, replica string-backed racing gloves modeled on those worn by 1959 Le Mans-winning driver Caroll Shelby, a replica 1959 race helmet, bespoke two-piece luggage set to match the interior trim, plus a bespoke car cover in Aston Martin Racing Green with white roundels.
Mechanically, the DBS 59 shares the same 715bhp twin-turbocharged V12 engine as the standard DBS Superleggera. Capable of 0-62mph in 3.7 seconds and a top speed of 211mph, DBS 59 models are available to order now. Prices have yet to be confirmed, but expect to pay considerably more than the £225,000 asking price of a DBS Superleggera.
“Following the success of our previous special editions that included aviation models of the Spitfire, Blades and Red Arrows, we are delighted to team up with Q by Aston Martin once again,” said Simon Lane, General Manager, Aston Martin Cambridge.
“This time we have delved into Aston Martin’s proud sporting history for inspiration as we pay tribute to the 1959 Le Mans victory.
“The 1959 Le Mans win is generally considered to be a major achievement and the milestone of its upcoming 60 th anniversary, as well as the launch of the new DBS Superleggera model, has provided a perfect opportunity to try to create a small collection of cars that are truly unique and become a must-have for any Aston Martin lover.”