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Aston Martin DBR2 Racer (1957-1959)
The DBR2 was a development of the unused 1955 chassis from the aborted V12 Lagonda matched with the Tadek Marek 3670cc, 6 cylinder engine that was destined to appear in the roadgoing DB4 a year later. Bigger, more powerful and faster than the similarly styled DBR1, DBR2/1 was debuted at the 1957 Le Mans 24 hour but retired after the gearbox failed after 81 laps. Second time out at Spa in August, DBR2/1 crashed in practice and missed the race. During September at Silverstone a pair of DBR2's were entered together with a pair of DBR1's. In the hands of Roy Salvadori, DBR2/2 finished 1st with a new sports car lap record of 98.48mph; DBR2/1 finished 3rd.
For the 1958 season, the FIA limited the engine capacity for the World Sportscar Championship to just 3 litres. This effectively ruled out the now 3.9 litre DBR2 from international competition forcing AM to concentrate their efforts back on developing the DBR1. The DBR2 was now effectively relegated to UK events and was raced by the works at Goodwood, Oulton Park, Aintree and Silverstone. The Belgian Sports car Grand Prix of 1958, being a non-championship event with no capacity limit, got both DBR2’s out where they finished 2nd and 3rd behind a Lister-Jaguar
An Aston Martin DBR2 was one of the first cars to be auctioned for over $1 Million, fetching a record price at Christie's of $3,424,490 in 1985. The two DBR2 Racers are now valued at over $8 million.
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