The "DBS 59" celebrates the brand's 1959 24 hours of Le Mans victory.

Aston Martin has begun producing a short run of 24 special edition DBS Superleggeras to celebrate its motorsport history.

The "DBS 59," which was commissioned by Aston Martin Cambridge, celebrates Aston Martin's one-two finish in the 1959 24 Hours of Le Mans, with each of the 24 cars in the production run representing each hour of the race.

Aston Martin's "Q by Aston Martin" division carefully studied the DBR1 from the famous race to mimic the car's Aston Martin Racing Green paint, while more modern touches like gloss finish carbon fiber roof panel and strakes provide a striking contrast.

Other visual tweaks include bronze details – such as the "Superleggera" badging on the hood, bespoke front grille, brake calipers, and 21-inch forged Y spoke satin duotone wheels, which nod to the bronze switches and dials on the Le Mans winner. There's also an individually numbered roundel painted on the fender, a bespoke tire wall arrow decal, and on the Aeroblade there's a foil inlay – once again in bronze – that outlines the original shape, chassis number and engine number of the DBR1 that won Le Mans in 1959.

On the interior, the same weave used on the DBR1's seats has been recreated, and there's yet more bronze details with unique bronze shift paddles and a bespoke "‘59 Edition" logo embroidered on the seatback. The whole interior of the stunning coupe is finished in Obsidian Black and Chestnut Tan leather. The sun visor is embroidered with the exact date the race took place and celebrates the 323 laps completed within the 24 hours.

"The ‘DBS 59’ strikes a careful balance between a timeless design that respects our history and a modern take that celebrates our future," said Aston Martin's director of Q and VIP Sales, Simon Lane. "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."

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18 April, Gaydon: Built to celebrate one of the most illustrious moments in Aston Martin’s motorsport history, ‘DBS 59’ is a limited run of 24 special edition DBS Superleggeras, the first of which has just been built at the company’s global manufacturing headquarters, Gaydon. 

‘DBS 59’ was a special commission through ‘Q by Aston Martin’, the luxury brand’s unique personalisation service that allows for the creation of iconic sports cars through close collaboration with the Aston Martin design team. Commissioned by Aston Martin Cambridge, the project honours Aston Martin’s historic 1-2 finish in the DBR1 at the 24 Hours of Le Mans. Each car represents one hour of this iconic victory in Aston Martin’s history, in which Roy Salvadori and Caroll Shelby took the chequered flag ahead of the sister car piloted by Maurice Trintignant and Paul Frére.

‘DBS 59’ honours the DBR1 through specially engineered styling cues, showcasing the expertise of ‘Q by Aston Martin’. 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. Further exterior details, such as the individually numbered roundel painted on the fender, and the bespoke tyre wall arrow decal, breathe the spirit of racing into the already impressive performance of the DBS Superleggera.

On the Aeroblade of ‘DBS 59’, ‘Q by Aston Martin’ has added a foil inlay – also in bronze – that outlines the original shape, chassis number and engine number of the DBR1 that won Le Mans in 1959.
For the design of the interior space, ‘Q by Aston Martin’ analysed the original seat material used on the DBR1 and recreated that same weave with each seat back and door insert trimmed in heritage style material. Bronze details continue in the hand-crafted interior space with unique bronze shift paddles and a bespoke ‘59 Edition’ logo embroidered on the seatback.

Finally, the interior combination of Obsidian Black and Chestnut Tan leather creates a calm sophisticated space that includes embroidery of the 1959 Le Mans circuit on the rear speaker cover. Also, embroidery on the sun visor gives the exact date the race took place and celebrates the 323 laps completed within the 24 hours. Accessories are also considered with a replica heritage racing helmet, 1959 blue race suits and replicas of Carroll Shelby’s race gloves.

The DBS Superleggera was launched in 2018 and features a 5.2-litre V12 engine, DBS Superleggera can reach a top-speed of 211mph making it the fastest Aston Martin series production in the company’s award-winning range. Bold styling cues and astonishing performance, make DBS Superleggera highly-desirable with ‘DBS 59’ the ideal machine for those that appreciate the lasting significance of the DBR1 victory.

Speaking of the ‘DBS 59’, Aston Martin Director – Q and VIP Sales, 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. All enquiries relating to the ‘DBS 59’ collection should be directed towards Aston Martin Cambridge, please contact Richard Eniffer at richard.eniffer@jardinemotors.co.uk.