Ted Cutting

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The designer of the 1959 Le Mans winning Aston Martin DBR1 has died at the age of 85.

Cutting became chief designer at Aston’s competitions department from 1955 and drew the DBR1 almost single-handed. It was his most successful design, winning eight major events, Le Mans included, in 1956-59.

He was also responsible for Aston’s DBR4 and DBR5 grand prix cars and the DB4GT-based ‘Project’ sportscars of 1962-63 prior to his departure from the Newport Pagnell marque.