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I believe Caroll Shelby and Roy Salvadori won the 1959 24 hrs of Lemans on a similar car as this one.
What can I add that hasn’t beend said before?… 🙂
Thank you Petrolicious!
Has anyone spotted the location yet? I have a feeling that the shoot was done in Marin County. The faded white board-on-batten barn looks like some which are maintained by the Park Service up there. The white oaks and the dormant grasses too look about right, for that region. Did anyone notice that the driver is wearing Polyco P-Grip gloves? I suppose if you are driving a 20,000,000 USD car you want to minimize the transfer of skin oils to the elements of the car you touch. These are a back-vented glove with a light urethane coating on the fabric… Read more »
As Ted Cutting’s grandson I am extremely proud to see this film. All my life we had heard stories and even seen the number one in person a few times at Silverstone. But it’s film’s like this that bring the car to life and Ted’s incredible achievements back into conversation.
That’s fantastic, Chris… be sure to document all you heard about your
What I find extraordinary about Cutting’s achievements is that they were attained with so very few people. Cutting and his people were competing with extended ‘works’ teams of engineers, technicians and pit crews from far larger enterprises. There are a few times in the ‘modern era’ when smaller teams of engineers, fabricators, mechanics and operators got everything right. The U2 aircraft was one of these high points of synergy in an exceptional, small team. Designed at the same time as this car, the U2 team used the same approximate set of engineering & design tools. Both teams were using slide… Read more »
Around 5:30 or so we learn that to improve the balance this car has a transaxle in the back, like the Lancia Aurelia, which preceded this car by a few years. The improved weight balance was a good idea. That said the gear box failed a few times.
Wow wow wow. This is among your finest work, and your work always sets a high bar. The car is unbelievably stunning. How could one man design the chassis, engine, and body. Good lord it dominated! What cars made up the competition? Ferraris? 175 mph on the straight for 24 hrs? Phenomenal video, truely inspired, artistic, and gifted.
Really well done video. I know nothing about these cars or their value/selling price. I did look at the Sotheby’s listing and got a chuckle that this car only won a single race and is estimated to sell at $20M. Imagine what it would be worth if it won, say two races…. Just sayin’ 🙂
Yes, but what a race! It beat a host of Ferrari 250 Testa Rosa’s, Maserati 300/450s and Jaguar D-Types at Nurburgring 1000KMS. It even ended up in a ditch at one point! Only 5 Aston DBR1’s were ever made and they, in my opinion, the most beautiful and greatest 50s sports cars ever. They were the first ever British Sports Car to win the World Sports Car Championship.
Hands down, the most beautiful car ever built.
a very good short video..l’d love to drive a DBR1…the nearest l have got is the DB2..
If you want to see the very best video on Astons, get a copy of Victory by Design.featuring Alain de Cadenet. the best motoring dvd collection l have ever seen…he drives all the period racing and sports cars .he has driven more makes and models than anyone living or dead…and he knows his stuff !
Good heavens what a car. I was sold on the beauty and spectacle of this car alone, but the story behind it? You’d be a fool not to spend $20 million on this if you had it. Well done Petrolicious, well done.
From the commentary at 5:40: “Let’s just remember that In 1959, at Le Mans, the DB R1 was achieving 175mph in the Mulsanne straight for 24 hours.”
God, do I love this car and this is an absolutely great video. Thanks you guys!
Great film and a great car. Will it sell for the $20 million + that has been mooted? Guess we will find out next week.
Excellent piece on a truly historic specimen.. I hope the winning bidder at the Monterrey auction next week keeps it in the public eye and doesn’t lock up and hide the old girl somewhere… maybe even races it… Kurt
Quite a trove of detailed photographs at the Sotheby’s auction website. Thank you for posting. Interesting to see the medallion for Saint Christopher screwed to the transmission tunnel. It seems to have worked. Sterling Moss was Jewish, of course, but that doesn’t mean it did not put in on there . . . .
This is your best video ever. The car. The historian. The historical film footage interleaved with current video. This is simply a lovely job.
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