The British Invasion at RM Sotheby’s Monterey

Leading up to Monterey Car Week, it seemed like RM Sotheby’s was the talk of the town after they had announced there would be 13 classic and contemporary low-mileage Ferraris, dubbed the Ferrari Performance Collection, to be sold at the event.

While it was easy to become mesmerized by the Italian designs and get lost in the striking red room adorned with the cars that represented over 50 years of racing-inspired automobile, and some of the most coveted street-legal cars in existence, a look at what else was set to cross the block revealed there was a British invasion.

The car that caught our eye was a 2006 Aston Martin DBR9, Chassis no. DBR9/9. It sold for $616,000 and its pedigree included leading Aston Martin Racing BMS to a 2nd place GT1 Championship finish.

The DBR9 marked Aston Martin’s return to international racing since it last competed in 1989 with the Group C AMR1.

Based on the DB9 road car, the Aston offered was the result of what has remained an enduring partnership between Aston Martin and Banbury. The DB9’s extruded aluminum composite chassis tub was modified to incorporate a Prodrive-designed rear sub-frame and a high-strength roll cage, over which the body panels, all formed in carbon fiber, were fitted. Aerodynamic modifications included an additional air intake and front splitter at the front, a flat floor and a high wing and diffuser at the rear. The suspension, comprising of coil springs all round, was stiffened and lowered with braking courtesy of 13-inch ventilated, carbon ceramic Brembo six-pot calipers behind 18-inch OZ forged magnesium wheels, 12.5 inches wide at the front and 13 inches at the rear. Powering the Aston Martin is a 625 horsepower version of the DB9’s 5,935-cc quad-camshaft V-12, mated to a six-speed, sequential Xtrac transaxle.

This car is one of only 10 Works DBR9s built, with an impressive race record that includes four FIA GT Championship podium places at some of the greatest and most demanding circuits in the world, DBR9/9 is worthy of any great racing car collection.

7-May-2006 RAC Tourist Trophy, Silverstone 23 Babini/Gollin 3rd
28-May-2006 Brno 500 KM 23 Babini/Gollin 3rd
17-18-Jun-2006 Le Mans 24 Hours 69 Babini/Gollin/Pescatori Retired
3-Sep-2006 Dijon 500 KM 23 Babini/Gollin 6th
17-Sep-2006 Mugello 500 KM 23 Babini/Pescatori 5th
1-Oct-2006 Budapest 500 KM 23 Babini/Malucelli 3rd
15-Oct-2006 Adria 500 KM 23 Babini/Pescatori 4th
18-Nov-2006 Dubai 500 KM 23 Babini/Malucelli 4th
25-Mar-2007 Zhuhai 2 Hours 23 Babini/Davies 4th
6-May-2007 RAC Tourist Trophy, Silverstone 23 Babini/Davies 7th
20-May-2007 Bucharest 2 Hours 23 Babini/Davies 9th
16-17-Jun-2007 Le Mans 24 Hours 100 Babini/Davies/Malucelli 11th OA, 6th IC
24-Jun-2007 Monza 2 Hours 23 Babini/Davies 6th
8-Jul-2007 Oschersleben 2 Hours 23 Babini/Davies 3rd
28-29-Jul-2007 Spa-Francorchamps 24 Hours 23 Babini/Davies/Alessi/Monfardini Retired

Other Aston Martin race cars that caught our attention included Chassis no. AMR1/04, a 1989 Aston Martin AMR1 Group C car that sold for $616,000; 1956 Aston Martin DBR1, Chassis no. DBR1/1 Engine no. RB6/300/3, sold for $22,550,000; 1935 Aston Martin Ulster Competition Sports, Chassis no. B5/549/U Engine no. B5/549/U, sold for $2,172,500;

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