This stunningly beautiful one-of-a-kind 1963 Aston Martin DP215 Grand Touring Competition Prototype is hitting RM Sotheby’s flagship Monterey auction, 24-25 August at the Monterey Conference Center. Driven by Lucien Bianchi and Phil Hill at Le Mans in 1963, the DP215 was the pinnacle of Aston Martin’s Works racing program, and the final racing car built by the factory in the David Brown era.
“I was astounded by the six-cylinder engine’s torque, particularly at Tertre Rouge corner, the last one before the Mulsanne Straight. Le Mans cars have such high gears for the straight and often feel dead leaving that right-hander. Not the Aston, which felt quite meaty out of Tertre Rouge and away. And flat out it needed only the lightest steering pressure,” said former world champion and triple Le Mans winner Phil Hill talking about driving DP215 at Le Mans in Inside Track.
Fitted with its original engine and correct-type five-speed gearbox, it was the first car ever to crack the 300 km/h barrier at Le Mans.
Expected to fetch $20,000,000 to $25,000,000 this could become the most valuable British car ever sold. Any takers?*UPDATE: This marvel sold for $21,455,000 .
Photos by Simon Clay courtesy of RM Sotheby’s