Aston Martin DBS 59 celebrates 60 years of Le Mans 24 Hours fame

Aston Martin won the 24 Hours of Le Mans in 1959 with a mesmerising team display. 60 years on, a special run of 24 DBS 59 Superleggera celebrates it

Aston Martin DBS Superleggera 'Q by Aston Martin Commission' alongside the 1959 original

Aston Martin won the Le Mans 24 Hours in 1959. 60 years on, Aston Martin Cambridge has commissioned the firm’s bespoke Q division to create a run of 24 special editions: the DBS 59.

They’re derived from the DBS Superleggera, itself a name that first appeared in 1959, on the DB4 Superleggera. These days, the 715hp, 211mph machine is Aston’s fastest new car. The perfect base for a Le Mans-inspired edition.

Aston Martin DBS Superleggera 'Q by Aston Martin Commission'

Aston Martin actually finished 1-2 in the 1959 24 Hours of Le Mans, with Carroll Shelby’s DBR1 taking the chequered flag ahead of the rest – a field that included works Ferrari and Porsche entries, plus the famous Ecurie Ecosse Jaguars.

In Aston Martin folklore, then, the DBR1 is a very special car. One that inspired someone to pay £17.5 million for one at auction in 2017, making it the most valuable British car in history.

Aston Martin DBS Superleggera 'Q by Aston Martin Commission'

While not quite as famous, the DBS 59 is special in its own right. It is painted in the same Aston Martin Racing Green paint, with carbon fibre roof, bonnet louvres and other details. Chestnut tan leather features inside, and so too does DBR1-style fabric on the seat backs and door inserts. Note also the use of bronze, both outside and in.

Aston Martin DBS Superleggera 'Q by Aston Martin Commission'

Not special enough? Then you’ll love the saddle leather helmet pods in the rear – which hold bespoke DBS 59 race helmets, suits and gloves.

Aston will also sell you period blue race overalls with DBS 59 Aston Martin logos, string-backed gloves similar to Shelby’s own, some bespoke luggage and an Aston Martin Racing Green car cover.

How can you tell which of the 24 DBS 59 you have? From a painted white roundel next to the side strakes. Choose the car cover and the same number will feature on it.

Aston Martin DBS Superleggera 'Q by Aston Martin Commission'

Aston Martin VP and chief marketing officer Simon Sproule said: “When Aston Martin Cambridge expressed a desire to create a limited run of DBS Superleggeras inspired by the DBR1’s famous Le Mans victory we knew it had to be something special.

“My favourite element on the ‘DBS 59’ are the seat backs that feature fabric inspired by the DBR1 seat material, but there are countless touches that will intrigue and delight”.

Aston reminds us this is the fourth Q by Aston Martin: Commission car. The previous three? They are:

  • Red Arrows Edition Vanquish S
  • V12 Vantage S Spitfire 80 Edition
  • Vantage S Blades Edition

Want to order a DBS 59? Email Aston Martin Cambridge’s Simon Lane at

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Richard Aucock
Richard is director at Motoring Research. He has been with us since 2001, and has been a motoring journalist even longer. He won the IMCO Motoring Writer of the Future Award in 1996 and the acclaimed Sir William Lyons Award in 1998. Both awards are run by the Guild of Motoring Writers and Richard is currently chairman of the world's largest organisation for automotive media professionals. Richard is also a juror for World Car Awards and the UK juror for the AUTOBEST awards.


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