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  Aston Martin DP215
 

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Country of origin:Great Britain
Produced in:1963
Numbers built:1
Designed by:Ted Cutting
Predecessor:Aston Martin DP212
Author:Wouter Melissen
Last updated:August 13, 2018
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Chassis: DP215
This is the final and most extreme of the four project cars; DP215. Compared to the DP212 used in 1962, the three new cars for 1963 used fully independent suspension with the DeDion rear axle replaced by double wishbones. The chassis was strengthened with additional cross-braces and lightened by extensive drilling. The engine was similar in size to the DP212's, but now featured dry sump lubrication. The DP215's racing career was exceptionally short as it raced for only 29 laps at Le Mans and retired from the lead at Reims, both with gearbox related issues.

The car was not raced again and subsequently heavily damaged during a testing accident on the M1 motorway in 1965. It was retained by the factory until 1974 when it was acquired by Malcolm Calvert. At that time, it was a rolling chassis/body without the gearbox and engine. The latter had been sold to Colin Crabbe for his DP214. Calvert restored the car and fitted a DB6 engine and ZF gearbox to use the car on the road. The DP215's next owner was Nigel Dawes, who enlisted the help of the car's original designer Ted Cutting to make it more original still. At this point a very rare Indy specification 4.2-litre engine was fitted to make the car more competitive on the track. In 1996, Dawes sold the car on to historic racer Tony Smith. After campaigning it for several years, Smith traded the DP215 for the very Ferrari 246 Dino F1 car that Phil Hill had used to score the last ever Grand Prix victory with a front engined car.

The next custodian took off where Dawes had left off and once again called in the help of Cutting. He also managed to finally acquire the original engine to be re-fitted in the DP215. Cutting was instrumental in helping recreate a S532 specification gearbox of which only five were ever built in period. This work was carried out by specialists Crosthwaite & Gardiner. So for the first time since 1965, the DP215 was back to its original configuration. It was only rarely seen since its rebuilt and in 2018 was consigned to the RM Sotheby's Monterey sale where it is estimated to sell for around $20 million.


Chassis details
Manufactured in 1963
Engine number 400/215/01
First owner Aston Martin Lagonda
Last known location British Historic Racer
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