A glossy turquoise 1956 Aston Martin with a racing legacy sold for $22,550,000 the most a British-made car has ever fetched at auction.
The record price was set at RM Sotheby’s classic car auction in Monterey, California Friday August 18th. After a bidding war, the Aston Martin DBR1 was claimed by an unidentified buyer who called in a bid over the phone.
It bested the previous record for a British car, set just one year ago, by a 1955 Jaguar D-Type. It sold for $21.8 million.
What makes a car worth $22.6 million?
Sotheby’s called the DBR1 “the most important model in Aston Martin history.” The one that rolled onto the auction block was the first of only five ever built, and it’s the only DBR1 to ever to go on public sale.
James Bond famously drove a tricked-out DB5, a luxury model built for speed and comfort rather than the racing track.
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