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Aston Martin DB3S Collins/Frere Le Mans 1955

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Photo of the 2nd placed factory Aston Martin DB3S of Peter Collins/Paul Frere at le Mans in 1955. Collins and Frere, both F1 drivers for Ferrari at some point in their careers (Collins was almost 1956 world champion for the team!) seen here in the apalling weather that charictersied this race. The 3 litre Aston was not expected to do well against a considerable number of factory Jaguars, Mercedes Ferraris and Maseratis but the weather and the dreadfull accident to Levegh's Mercedes which claimed the lives of some 80 spectators, decimated the field. By the flag only the Jaguar D Type of Hawthorn and Bueb was ahead but it was a sombre victory in the wake of such tragedy. Because of the weather this shot was taken in fairly poor light so is not wonderful quality but it is quite historic and the Aston featured, '62 EMU' (Chassis DB3S/6) is one of the most famous cars the team ever ran.

10x7 inch (254x178mm)