Carroll Shelby had a new unit of the W.O. Bentley-designed 2.9-liter straight-six engine fitted, and kept the car with him in Europe throughout the 1959 racing season. But after winning the 24 Hours of Le Mans for Aston Martin, he shipped the car back home to Texas.
The classic Aston has had a succession of owners since, including award-winning actor (and Pebble Beach Concours master-of-ceremonies) Ed Herrmann, who had it brought back to life in the mid-90s by RM Auto Restorations. It was then that Shelby’s previous ownership was discovered, and Herrmann documented its provenance with Carroll himself.