Special Edition DBS 59 Showcases Aston Martin’s Racing Heritage

By Paul Joseph

British carmakers Aston Martin have unveiled a limited edition version of the DBS Superleggeras to celebrate one of the most illustrious moments in the brand's illustrious motorsport history.

The ‘DBS 59’ has been produced in a limited run of 24 special edition DBS Superleggeras, and has been specially commissioned through ‘Q by Aston Martin’, the automaker’s unique personalisation service that allows for the creation of highly customised iconic sports cars through close collaboration with the Aston Martin design team.

The project honours Aston Martin’s historic 1-2 finish in the DBR1 at the 24 Hours of Le Mans in 1959. Each car represents one hour of this victory in which Roy Salvadori and Caroll Shelby took the chequered flag.

Following a careful study of the DBR1’s own paint exterior, Aston Martin Racing Green was the outwear chosen for ‘DBS 59’. Gloss finish carbon fibre on the roof panel and strakes add a striking juxtaposition against the lustrous green.

Bronze details such as the ‘Superleggera’ bonnet badging, bespoke front grille, brake callipers and 21” forged Y spoke satin duotone wheels nod to the bronze switches and dials on the Le Mans winner.

The DBS Superleggera was launched in 2018 and features a 5.2-litre V12 engine. It can reach a top-speed of 211mph, making it the fastest Aston Martin series production in the company’s range.

Speaking about the ‘DBS 59’, Aston Martin Director Simon Lane said, "The ‘DBS 59’ strikes a careful balance between a timeless design that respects our history and a modern take that celebrates our future.

“The DBS Superleggera is the most powerful production car ever produced by Aston Martin and so it is fitting that the ‘DBS 59’ special editions have been commissioned to mark sixty years since our iconic 1-2 win at Le Mans.”

The ‘DBS 59’ follows on from the success of other ‘Q by Aston Martin’ commissions including the Red Arrows Edition Vanquish S, the Cygnet V8 and the North Coast 500 series of six DB11 GTs.

By Paul Joseph