In the mid 1950’s Aston Martin created two DBR2’s from a series internal development projects. These cars were dubbed DBR2/1 and DBR2/2 built in all aluminum bodies. In 1957 DBR2/1 competed in the 24 Hours of Le Mans but retired due to engine issues. Later that year DBR2/1 was crashed beyond repair in a practice session at the 1957 Spa Gran Prix. Later the remaining parts were swapped to a back up chassis and DBR2/1 went on to compete at Silverstone three weeks later.
The DBR2’s continued to compete, DBR2/1 winning at the hands of Sir Stirling Moss and then ultimately being shipped to the US to compete until 1960 when they returned to the factory.
DBR2/1 recently traded hands at auction for 9,000,000 Pounds, while DBR2/2 won Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance’s People Choice Award.