1965 Aston Martin DB5 Saloon Registration no. ELL 956C Chassis no. 2083/R Engine no. 400/2093
Bonhams is accustomed to dealing with vehicle history files ranging in scope from the perfunctory to the extensive, but seldom have we encountered a car with so exhaustively researched a history as this magnificent DB5. Contained within four hardbound presentation display books, there is material sufficient to devote an entire catalogue to this one car. Not only has the vendor gone to the trouble of tracing past owners in this country and abroad, but he has also amassed an impressive archive of period Aston Martin advertisements, which is included alongside the usual service and restoration invoices. A (photo) copy of the Daily Mail newspaper dated April 27th 1965 (the day this car was first registered) places the Aston Martin in its historical context. The list of owners and associated information runs to six A4 pages, beginning with the first - Midland Investments Ltd of Banbury, Oxfordshire - which acquired the car new on 24th April 1965. J V Murcott & Sons Ltd of Aston, Birmingham were the next owners (between April 1966 and mid-1967) followed, as far as is known, by Mr N S Shrigley Fiegel of Knutsford, Cheshire in the mid-1970s. Its next known owner, also in Cheshire, was Mr Nicholas Penn of Wilmslow who owned the DB5 between July 1976 and January 1981 when it was purchased in Manchester by next private owner Jeremy Taylor of Northwich, Cheshire, whose understanding was that it had been restored in the mid-1970s. In late 1982 Mr Taylor sold the car, which was exported to the USA soon afterwards and owned there by one Roger Krause and next by Chris Salyer, President of the Lagonda Club, USA. 2083/R was exported back to the UK in April 1989 by Nigel Stockdale of D S E Ltd, Altrincham, Cheshire and sold on in August that same year to Alan Dean, also of Altrincham. In October 1997 the car was sold via marque specialist Desmond J Smail Ltd to the current owner. Accompanying service records include the factory build sheet recording this cars original specification, supplying dealership and first/second owners. Its factory service record (June 1965 to May 1967) indicates that the car was worked hard during its early years: new brake pads fitted within the first 5,000 miles and then five replacement clutches, four gearboxes, one rear axle, one pair of rear shock absorbers, brakes overhauled, new head gasket and manifold gasket - all within the first 16,000 miles! The next record is D S E Ltds summary of work carried out in 1989, followed by Donaldson & Evanss invoices for a new fuel tank, fuel pumps and general overhaul of the fuel delivery system, together with chassis repairs (June/July 1992). Desmond Smail first became acquainted with this car during Alan Deans ownership, undertaking extensive renovation in 1994 including body repairs (new inner/outer sills, new rear valance, repairs to door frames and new door skins) followed by a strip and full preparation for a re-spray in original Sierra Blue metallic. A new headlining was fitted at this time, bringing the total cost of these works to £15,443. Immediately following the cars purchase by the current owner in October 1997, Desmond Smail was commissioned to carry out another major restoration, this time to include the engine, drive-train and running gear. The history file contains detailed estimates, invoices and correspondence relating to the work carried as well as a detailed photographic record. Noteworthy improvements made in the process include an engine rebuild (by R S Williams) to unleaded specification, up-rated alternator, negative-earth electrics, stainless-steel exhaust system, silicone coolant hoses, Kenlowe electric fan and 130/90watt halogen headlamps, the latter to compensate for loss through the Plexiglas headlight covers. The original radio was retained and converted to FM reception. The interior was removed and the trim colour changed to oatmeal Connolly leather with dark blue Wilton carpets. Re-trimming was carried out by Joe Dorril and June Kitchner, both of whom had originally trimmed the car at the factory! The suspension was completely rebuilt and converted at the rear to Leda shock absorbers, replacing the original Selectaride, while the brakes likewise were comprehensively overhauled and fitted with competition pads and copper pipes. A limited-slip differential was fitted as part of the rear axle rebuild. Cosmetic work included minor body blemish repairs, re-chroming and repairs to the bumpers, including making good the over-rider fixing holes. Why no over-riders? Because in the vendors opinion they detract from the cars otherwise clean lines. To finish the job, a set of 5½x15 72-spoke Turrino alloy-rim wheels were built by S A S and fitted with Avon 205HR15 tyres, combining the improved looks of alloy rims with the benefits of wider radial tyres. The total cost of the foregoing amounts to £38,820. Presented in excellent condition throughout, this exceptionally well researched and documented DSB5 is offered with current road fund licence, MoT to April 2007 and Swansea V5 registration document.