Le Mans winning vehicle up for sale

September 18, 2012 12:00 AM

Car enthusiasts who have an extra $32 million to spend are in luck. A classic Aston Martin that was the winning car in the 1959 Le Mans 24-Hour race is up for sale, and its price tag is currently set at that record sum.

Motor Authority reports that this green Aston Martin 1959 DBR1/2 was driven by Roy Salvadori and Carroll Shelby en route to victory. The vehicle is the only Aston Martin to have ever won the legendary Le Mans race, and it is also the only one to have claimed a victory while owned by a privateer team. While it has been raced in vintage competitions in recent years, auto repair has kept the vehicle in prime condition.

Talacrest, a British dealer focusing on classic cars, is the seller behind is on pace to become the most valuable Aston Martin ever sold. It would also be one of the top five public sales in the world. If sold at the current asking price, the DBR1/2 would be the first British-made vehicle to demand over $30 million.

The public nature of this sale is relatively unique to classic cars, according to Businessweek. Most transactions are done through private sales and dealers, including two 1960 Ferrari GTO racers that are also rumored to have sold for approximately $35 million. 

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