An exceptionally rare Aston Martin DBR1, thought to be worth in excess of $30 million and previously been driven by Sir Stirling Moss, has crashed during an historic car race in the United Kingdom.
During the Castle Combe Autumn Classic race, the DBR1 crashed on lap 10 alongside a Jaguar XK 120 and Aston Healey 100. While the XK120 and Austin Healey 100 are valued at around 100,000 pounds and 50,000 pounds respectively, the sheer value of the DRB1 makes this one of the most expensive car crashes ever.
The British racer sustained contact to both the front and rear from the multiple impacts with the damage bill well into the hundreds of thousands of pounds. It seems apparent that a new bonnet will be needed as will an entirely new front bumper, headlights, rear bumper and rear decklid.
Making this Aston Martin DRB1 so expensive is that it finished 2nd at the 24 Hours of Le Mans in 1959 and was previously driven by Stirling Moss.
Discussing the crash, the media relations officer for the circuit John Moon said “Whilst the accident to the Aston was very unfortunate, to say the least, the fact owners like Adrian Beecroft are brave enough to race their famous and almost priceless cars and provide us with such entertainment, is wonderful. Thankfully, almost any damage is repairable and no doubt the car will be returned to its original state very soon. The main thing is no-one was injured.”