More than $325 Million Sold at 2017 Monterey Car Auctions

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1. 1956 Aston Martin DBR1 Roadster
Sale Price: $22,550,000
Auction: RM Sotheby’s
Topping the list of all the Monterey auctions in 2017, the 1956 Aston Martin DBR1 Roadster set an auction record for the sale of an Aston Martin at auction, and for the sale of any British car. The DBR1 is the result of Aston Martin owner David Brown’s dream to win the 24 Hours of Le Mans, which he realized in 1959. Although not the Le Mans winning car, this DBR1/1 did win the Nurburgring 1000 KM in 1959, and has been driven by the likes of Sir Stirling Moss, Jack Brabham and Carroll Shelby. The original engine was sold with the car, but the DBR1 is currently powered by a reproduction engine for racing. The previous owner entered the car at the Goodwood Revival and felt the original engine too valuable to risk. British driver Brian Redman raced the car at Goodwood, and in 2013 Sir Stirling Moss drove the car for the Aston Martin centenary event at the Nurburgring.

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