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Aston Martin DBS 59 celebrates 1959 Le Mans win

by Justin King

The limited-edition DBS has been customized to evoke the DBR1 endurance racer.

Aston Martin has revealed its latest limited-edition car, the DBS 59, crafted by the company's Q division.

Based on the company's fastest production car, the DBS Superleggera, the DBS 59 celebrates the 24 Hours of Le Mans win in 1959.

"Facing stern opposition from works Ferrari and Porsche entries, plus a team of Ecurie Ecosse Jaguars, the David Brown Racing Aston Martin DBR1s fought valiantly to score a famous 1-2 finish in a masterful display of pace, reliability and teamwork," the British automaker says of the 1959 win.

The iconic DBR1 is among the rarest Aston Martin models, with just five units produced between 1956 and 1959. The last one auctioned in Monterey last year for $22.5 million USD.

The modern DBS 59 evokes the classic racer with its custom color scheme, bronze detailing and DBR1-inspired seat upholstery. The Q team also added saddle leather helmet pods in the rear compartment to hold special DBS 59 helmets, race suits and gloves.

Only 24 units will be manufactured, each celebrating an hour of the Le Mans race.