Aston Martin DBR1 sells for whopping £17.5 million

1956 Aston Martin DBR1

If you thought the price for the McLaren F1 of £12.5 million we reported on yesterday was a lot, it's just been eclipsed by the sale of an Aston Martin DBR1 for a cool £17.5 million at RM Sotheby's Monterey sale.

The 1950s classic, once raced by Sir Stirling Moss, had never been sold at auction before and is regarded as "the most important Aston Martin ever produced".

Though the price tag of the Aston Martin may come across as borderline ridiculous, the owner remains a long way off the all-time most expensive auto ever to be sold at auction.

The most expensive vehicle in the world is a 1963 Ferrari 250 GTO, which was sold for $52 million in 2013.

It was created to win the Le Mans 24 Hour race and almost did just that on its debut before an engine failure two hours from the finish. The auto also won the World Sportscar Championship in 1959, the first British vehicle to do so.

The classic British sports auto - chassis number one - smashed the previous record set past year by a 1955 Jaguar D-Type which sold for $21.8m (£16.9m) at the same event. Moss raced it to victory with fellow Briton Jack Fairman at the Nurburgring 1000km in 1959.

"The DBRI absolutely epitomizes the pinnacle of racing achievement for Aston Martin", said Aston Martin historian Stephen Archer in Sotheby's short film about the auto.

With the hammer gone rare representative of the brand Aston Martin.

More than 1,200 cars changed hands with four topping $10m (£7.75m) in California. This makes it not just a world record for an Aston Martin at auction, but for any British vehicle.

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