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Video of the Week: Aston Martin DBR1 at Dijon-Prenois

Here is another video from Gregor Fiskens. The audio is not so great but the footage shows a lovely dice with a Maserati Birdcage.

I think the DBR1 is perhaps the prettiest of all 1950's sports cars. It's more Italianate and flowing than any Jaguar, more emotional than the Mercedes 300SLR, yet more understated and refined than any Ferrari. I would say the car it compares most closely to in looks is the Maserati 300S. But I happen to like the lines of the Aston more. Truly a wonderful machine!  At bottom is a photo I took of Dr. Simeone's DBR1 in Philadelphia.

Reader Comments (8)

The video looks digital to me.

April 21, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterLance Pierre

I love this blog

April 22, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterCharlie

I don't know if I like the exaggerated and abrupt looks of 50s Testarossas and whatnot, but I'm glad they exist. However, I would like to say that the 500 Mondials were definitely the prettiest of all 50s sports racers.

April 22, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterRaphael Orlove

Thanks for your compliment, Charlie!
Lance, it's totally real.
Raphael, While the 500 Mondial is very pretty, I don't think it has nearly the gracefulness of the DBR1, nor the aggression of the 250TR. Definitely a gorgeous car too, though!

April 22, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterBradley Price

Don't forget the Lancia D-24, the hairiest and beautiful, and the Aston DB3S customer cars, the most original and beautiful.

April 22, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterHelmut Fenders

So many lovelies!

April 22, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterBradley Price

What about the Tipo 63 Birdcage?

April 24, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterArun

I like the birdcage, but I dont really think it's "Beautiful". In fact it's downright weird from some angles. I think it's just very very cool and totally fascinating.

April 24, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterBradley Price

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