Will Ant Anstead's Aston Martin DBR1 copy fetch £100k?

Last year, a DBR1/1 sold for a record £16m. This Evanta-built replica could cost under a 160th of that when it features in Silverstone Auctions’ May Sale

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A 2013 Aston Martin DBR1 replica built by the Evanta Motor Company, then owned by TV presenter Ant Anstead, is set to be sold by Silverstone Auctions in May.

The project was commissioned to be a near-exact replica of the DBR1, which won Le Mans in 1959 courtesy of Roy Salvadori and Carroll Shelby – still Aston Martin’s only outright win at La Sarthe.

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It is also one of only three cars from the 1950s to win both the World Sports Car Championship and Le Mans in the same year. Last year, DBR1/1 sold for a world-record price for a British-made car of £16 million.

The Evanta build was based on more than 150 photographs of an original car, with the interior taking multiple attempts to perfect.

Silverstone Auctions previously sold the car in 2014, and then again for £86,000 in 2016. Since then, the vehicle has been in the ownership of ‘a high-profile celebrity petrolhead’.

Following some modifications, the car now runs with a high-compression, 4.2-litre, six-cylinder engine, with de-Dion rear suspension and coilover front wishbones. It wears period-correct Michelin tyres.

Nick Whale, managing director of Silverstone Auctions, said: ‘The Aston Martin DBR1 is an icon in British motor-racing history, and this is one of the best replicas we’ve seen. This Evanta is a very special motorcar with unique provenance, and offers exclusive and seriously cool summer motoring.

‘The true value of a genuine DBR1 is believed to be in the region of £20m, making this Evanta DBR1 the closest many collectors can get to owning the legendary racing car.’

It will feature in Silverstone Auctions’ May 19 sale, and carries a pre-auction estimate of between £85,000 and £100,000.

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