1950s / 2013 Geneva Motor Show / Aston Martin / British

Live from the Geneva Motor Show: Aston Martin DBR/1

geneva-aston-martin-dbr1-2In addition to the facelifted Rapide S, Aston Martin is showcasing the DBR/1 race car on its stand at the Geneva Motor Show. The car joined Aston’s Works Team in 1956 and it adopted the then-new RB6/300 2.9-liter engine a year later.

The straight-six made 252 horsepower, which was very impressive in the middle of the 1950s, especially when mounted in a car that tipped the scale at merely 801 kilos (1,795 pounds).

Aston Martin built three more examples of the DBR/1 and they went on to have a successful career in motorsports.  The cars won 8 of the 16 races in which they were entered from 1957 to 1959, and they earned Aston the World Sportscar Championship in 1959.

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