A 1963 Aston Martin DP215 Grand Touring Competition Prototype has been consigned for the RM Sotheby’s Monterey auction on 24-25 August 2018. Regarded as the pinnacle achievement for Aston Martin’s racing programme, DP215 was developed specifically to compete in Le Mans, and was the first car to break 300 km/h during the renowned endurance race.

The Aston Martin joins the previously announced 1962 Ferrari 250 GTO and 1966 Ford GT40 to represent the peak of racing performance for each of these legendary marques from the golden age of motorsport.

Endurance racer   

DP215 was developed with one aim in mind: competing in the famed 24 Hours of Le Mans. Aston Martin set its engineers the ambitious goal to develop and prepare the road car to compete in the demanding endurance race, within a tight two-month deadline.

Ultra-lightweight with a four-litre engine set far back in the chassis, DP215 utilised cutting-edge, wind tunnel-tested aerodynamics. At Le Mans, the car was piloted by American driver Phil Hill, a three-time Le Mans-winner and the first ever American Formula 1 World Champion, paired with Belgian Grand Prix and endurance-racing veteran Lucien Bianchi. The pair clocked 198.6 mph along the legendary Mulsanne Straight—becoming the first car to officially break the 300 km/h barrier at Le Mans.

Illustrious chain of owners 

Following its racing career, DP215 has always enjoyed a well-documented and illustrious chain of enthusiast owners. Its current custodians have restored the car, taking care to retain its authenticity. Neil and Nigel Corner have reunited DP215 with its original engine, 400/215/1, which powered Phil Hill at Le Mans, but had later been separated from the chassis early in the car’s history. This exceptionally rare, truly unique Aston Martin is expected to bring $20,000,000 to $25,000,000 when it crosses the podium at Monterey.

“The new owner of DP215 will acquire a car that is not only extraordinarily special, but also more capable of running at the front of the pack than virtually any other racing car on the market. We’ve had the pleasure of offering some of the world’s most important Aston Martins at auction, including the record-setting DBR1/1 and the DB4GT Prototype at Monterey just last year, and we’re tremendously honored to add DP215 to that list.”

Alain Squindo, Chief Operating Officer, RM Sotheby’s Group

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This story was written by automotive PR specialists Torque Agency Group.