Nearly half a year after its official unveiling last November, the Aston Martin DBS 59 limited edition has entered production at the company’s global manufacturing center in Gaydon, UK.
The first car will be followed by 23 more as a tribute to Aston’s 1-2 finish with the DBR1 at the 1959 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 Frere”, the British automaker says.
Commissioned through ‘Q by Aston Martin’ by Aston Martin Cambridge, the special edition is based on the DBS Superleggera and is finished in Aston Martin Racing Green with a gloss finish carbon fiber roof, bronze details, bespoke grille and 21-inch, forged Y-spoke satin wheels. Other details include the individually numbered roundel painted on the front fenders and bronze foil inlay on the aeroblade that honors the DBR1 racer that won the endurance race 60 years ago.
The original seat material used in the DBR1 was analyzed and recreated in the DBS 59. Elsewhere, the cockpit features a combination of Obsidian Black and Chestnut Tan leather, special embroidery on the sunvisor, bronze paddle shifters and a ’59 Edition’ logo on the seatbacks. The press release states that replicas of the original helmets, blue race suits and Caroll Shelby’s race gloves are also being considered.
As far as power goes, the DBS 59 uses the same engine as the DBS Superleggera. The 5.2-liter V12 engine delivers 715 hp (725 PS / 533 kW) and 663 lb-ft (900 Nm) of torque and is coupled to an 8-speed auto transmission, allowing for a 0-62 mph (0-100 km/h) sprint in 3.4 seconds and a top speed of 211 mph (339 km/h).