Sotheby’s to sell world’s first car to accelerate past 300 km/h
Sotheby’s will put up a unique Aston Martin DP215 racecar for an auction this August. The vehicle is famous for accelerating past 300 km/h (186 mph) at the 24 Hours of Le Mans race that took place 55 years ago, setting a new speed record in the racing history.
The driver managed to attain nearly 320 km/h on the Mulsanne Straight section of the Le Mans circuit. Sadly, the car suffered a transmission problem and had to quit the race.
The vehicle was built against a custom order by John Wyer, head of Aston Martin’s racing team at the date. It featured an advanced chassis design with independent rear-axle suspension and a lightweight magnesium-aluminum body.
The hood cover of this particular Aston Martin DP215 conceals a 4.0-liter, six-cylinder engine that can produce up to 330 hp (246 kW), and a five-speed manual transmission.
Following a road accident, the vehicle has lost its engine and gearbox. A private car collector bought it in 1966 but never conducted any repairs. Ten years after that, it went over to another collector who restored its entire transmission and engine to the original specification.
Sotheby’s expects the car to fetch around 20 million U.S. dollars.