Race Retro & Classic Car Sale 2013

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1957/1975/2009 Aston Martin DBR2 Replica

Lot No.: 258

Registration: VBJ 49F
Chassis Number: ASMDBR22009934007
Engine Number: 7B7031-8
Number of cylinders: 6
CC: 3400
Year of Manufacture: 1975
Sold for (£): 54,660

The Aston Martin DBR2 was a sports racing car built in 1957 as a sibling to the Aston Martin DBR1 from 1956, yet competing in a larger engine capacity group. David Brown's racing department modified the cars with bodies similar to those from the DBR1, except that they were larger and more aerodynamic. These cars would be christened DBR2/1 and DBR2/2. For an engine, the new Tadek Marek-designed 3.7L straight-6 from the newly launched DB4 road car was initially installed. For the 1958 season the engine was enlarged to 3.9 litres, then again with a 4.2 litre engine later in the year. DBR2/1 initially began competition at the 1957 24 Hours of Le Mans, where it unfortunately retired. Its only notable success for 1957 was at the Daily Express Trophy at Silverstone Circuit in the hands of Roy Salvadori.

Due to a 3.0 engine capacity limit introduced for the World Sportscar Championship in 1958, the DBR2 was relegated to non-championship British, European, and American events that permitted the larger capacity cars. For 1958 the DBR2's program was expanded, including the upgrade to the newer 3.9L engines. DBR2/1 won both the Sussex Trophy at Goodwood and the British Empire Trophy at Oulton Park, driven by Stirling Moss in both wins. After finishing 2nd and 3rd at Spa, Aston Martin decided to concentrate on the DBR1 for Europe, while both DBR2s were upgraded to the 4.2L engines and transferred to America where they could compete more easily with larger engine capacities. George Constantine drove DBR2/1 to victories at Lime Rock and Marlborough before the end of the season.

Continuing in the United States in 1959, the cars again took victory in New York and twice in the Bahamas, driven by George Constantine and Stirling Moss. Both cars were then returned to Aston Martin in 1960.

Today, no one truly knows the value of the true DBR1 or DBR2 race cars, though in 2012 DBR1/2 was offered for sale for £20million giving a valuable insight to the desirability and importance of these near priceless machines.

By comparison, the exacting replica offered here today, with 3400cc power plant from its 1975 Jaguar donor, is guaranteed to put a smile on your face and a ringing in your ears without the deafening pain from your wallet! Built by specialists AS Motorsport Ltd of Diss, Norfolk to their own bespoke design in 2009, this car is manufactured from a Glass Reinforced Plastic body mated to their own unique tubular perimeter space frame chassis, shot blasted and powder coated in original Aston Martin colours. The doors, bonnet and boot lid are aluminium. Front suspension is unequal length double wishbones with adjustable coil over dampers, whilst the rear is as original - De Dion with Watts linkage and trailing arms, again with fully adjustable coil over dampers. The wheels are 16" painted Wires with knock-on spinners, in a nod to those from the original cars, and braking is courtesy of all round disc brakes and a cable-run handbrake. The engine is the bulletproof 3.4litre unit from a 1975 Jaguar 340, rebuilt and upgraded by VSE - the Jaguar engine specialists - and has just 5,000 miles on the clock. It is linked to a four-speed Moss gearbox with overdrive. The car is built to be driven and it handles just like the 1950's racing weapons it emulates, and shod with cross-ply tyres it can be great fun!

As an outright alternative to the myriad of replica C-Types and D-Types which have attempted to break into the market, this expertly built and sensibly guided Le Mans glorified sports car is deserving of serious considered attention today. It is offered with UK V5C and MoT certificate to July 2013

Were it not for increasing family commitments courtesy of a host of grandchildren, we're sure the vendor would quite happily continue to enjoy the car. After all, he did pay more than £75,000 for it in 2009!