It’s not surprise that Aston Martins fetch a handsome price when they’re on the block, but a 1963 Aston Martin DP215 Grand Touring Competition Prototype looks poised to break the record for the most expensive British car ever auctioned. The Martin will be shown at the annual Monterey Car Week, but what makes this car so special that it has collectors drooling?
For starters, it’s a one-off. Not that more than that designation needs to be explained, but this Aston Martin played an important role in the company’s racing heritage. It’s the last car made by Aston Martin to compete in the Le Mans race. The car was the crowning achievement of Aston Martin’s racing program and received approval by David Brown, who had purchased Aston Martin in 1946 for only 20,500 pounds. This competitor was clocked at 198.6 miles per hour on the Mulsanne Straight, making it the first car to officially break the 300 kph barrier at Le Mans. The car was driven by American racer Phil Hill, who had won the Le Mans three times before. Unfortunately, a gearbox failure forced it to retire. Since then, a long process that spanned multiple decades saw this car restored, fitting it with its original engine as well as a new transmission made from the original designs.
The Aston Martin is expected to be auctioned off for over $20 million.