1962 Aston Martin DP214
The DP project cars (DP212, DP214, DP215) are prototype sports car developed by Aston Martin to compete at GT races including the Le Mans 24 Hours.
There were two DP214 cars made in 1963 (chassis 0194 and 0195), although only one survives today and is estimated to be worth upwards of $7,000,000. At Le Mans in 1963, chassis 0195 suffered a dramatic engine failure on the Mulsanne Straight on lap 60, depositing a large amount of oil on the track. This in turn caused a number of accidents, including one fatal one when Christian Heins’ Alpine M63 Renault swerved out of control, hitting another vehicle and colliding with a lamp post exploding into flames, killing him instantly. Chassis 0194 managed to go further in the race, but suffered the same engine failure as 0195 on lap 110.
In 1964, chassis 0195 was destroyed in an accident during practice at the Nurburgring 1000km, killing driver Brian Hetreed. The damaged car was shipped back to London, had the engine removed and the rest of the chassis and body scrapped. The engine was repaired and subsequently fitted to an Aston Martin DB4GT Zagato (chassis DB4GT/0200/R).
The surviving DP214 (chassis 0194) was bought by Tom Rose who had the car repainted dark blue and assigned with the registration number ‘5 NBP’ which is still has today. In the mid 70’s DP214 underwent a full restoration by Mike Ottway where it was returned to its original shade of green. The car was then sold to Simon Draper.
The car you see here is one of three recreations built, and was originally commissioned by American Ken Lawrence and used the surviving DP214 as a template. The car had been built up with contemporary Aston Martin parts, with a DB4GT engine (notably stamped 370/0195/GT), and gearbox. There is no evidence that this car contains any significant authentic components even though there was a claim initially that Lawrence had found the cross member from chassis 0195 in Germany, and an engine used in 0195 from Le Mans. This replica is currently owned by Wolfgang Friedrichs, who also owns the original DP212. Like many who wish to race their historically important cars, there is less risk to using a replica than the original.