RM Sotheby’s breaks records in Monterey


The original DBR1 helps RM Sotheby’s set new benchmarks during Pebble Beach

One of the most important Aston Martins in history, DBR1/1, fetched $22million at RM Sotheby’s Monterey auction, a record for a British car sold at auction.

It was the car shared by Stirling Moss and Jack Fairman to victory in the 1959 Nürburgring 1000kms, its biggest win. Roy Salvadori was most often found behind its wheel, claiming the runner-up spot in the 1957 British Empire Trophy, Goodwood Easter meeting, the British Grand Prix sports car race and the 1958 RAC Tourist Trophy, the latter sharing with Jack Brabham.

Once Aston Martin had exited the sports car scene as a works entry, Jim Clark and Bruce McLaren drove it for Essex Racing Stables.

Among the other Astons that went under the hammer, the AMR1 driven by Brian Redman and David Leslie and a DBR9 both sold for $616,000 each. A remarkably original DB4GT Prototype broke the world record for a non-Zagato bodied Aston, which Moss handed a debut victory to at Silverstone in the Grand Touring Car race on the 1959 International Trophy bill.

The Ferrari 166 featured on these pages recently tipped $4.5million, while an F40 cleared $1.5million. A 1951 Porsche 356 1500 by Reutter broke the record for a Pre-A Porsche.

Among the race cars, the Porsche 908/3 shared by Hans Herrmann and Richard Attwood to second place in the 1970 Nürburgring 1000Kms sold for $3,575,000.

Elsewhere, a three-wheel Peel sold for $121,000, while another sold for $140,250…

RM Sotheby’s Monterey 2017 – Top 10 Sales

1.      Lot 148

1956 Aston Martin DBR1 (CHASSIS NO. DBR1/1)


2.      Lot 220

1961 Ferrari 250 GT SWB Berlinetta (CHASSIS NO. 2985)


3.      Lot 147

1959 Aston Martin DB4GT Prototype (CHASSIS NO. DP199/1)


4.      Lot 140

1955 Ferrari 121 LM Spider (CHASSIS NO. 0546 LM)


5.      Lot 249

1959 Ferrari 410 Superamerica Series III Coupe (CHASSIS NO. 1305 SA)


6.      Lot 152

1950 Ferrari 166 MM/212 Export “Uovo” (CHASSIS NO. 024 MB)


7.      Lot 252

1954 Ferrari 500/735 Mondial Spider (CHASSIS NO. 0448 MD)


8.      Lot 241

1965 Ferrari 275 GTB/6C Alloy (CHASSIS NO. 07933)


9.      Lot 256

1970 Porsche 908/03 (CHASSIS NO. 908/03-003)


10.    Lot 133

1930 Bentley 6½-Litre Speed Six Sportsman’s Saloon (CHASSIS NO. HM2861)


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Photos courtesy of RM Sotherby’s

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