Back in the 1980s, Aston Martin decided it would return to the World Sports Prototype Championship and the 24 Hours of Le Mans after a decades-long absence. So it created this, the AMR1 for the now-legendary Group C formula.
The AMR1 had cutting-edge aerodynamics, a carbon fiber chassis, and a 700-horsepower 6.0-liter V8 engine designed by Reeves Callaway (yes, that Callaway). Despite its ground effect aerodynamics, none of the five cars built were competitive in-period. AMR1 chassis #04, tomorrow at RM Sotheby's Monterey event, was the most successful chassis, with a fourth place finish at the Brands Hatch 480km race in 1989.
In 2000, Aston Martin sold the car to a private owner, who used it to compete in historic races around North America. Since its sale, the car has visited tracks such as Watkins Glen, Daytona, Lime Rock Park, Sebring, and Road Atlanta. RM Sotheby's claims this car is likely the most original example around.
AMR1 number four carries an estimated selling price of $475,000-$675,000 which, judging by the significance of this car, seems like a bargain. Why buy an Lamborghini Aventador SV Roadster when you can get an actual Group C car instead?