1964 Aston Martin DB5 Saloon Registration no. ACE 2B Chassis no. GB 51482/R Engine no. 400/1461
After a run of 1,119 cars and 75 GTs, DB4 production ended in September 1963 and the model was replaced by the DB5. Powered by a 3,995cc 292bhp version of the DB4 engine, the DB5 saloon and convertible manufacture commenced at Newport Pagnell in October 1963. At first, the new car was fitted with the David Brown 4-speed gearbox and Laycock de Normanville overdrive, but along with a 3-speed Borg Warner automatic, 5-speed ZF transmission was offered as an option and was soon standard equipment. A total of 1,021 DB5 saloons and 120 convertibles had been produced by November 1965. This DB5 - a right-hand drive fixed head to standard specification but with the 5-speed ZF gearbox - was first registered 5 March 1964 in Cambridge, the first owner soon moving to Hertfordshire, in which county ACE 2B has been resident ever since. Originally finished in California Sage, the bodywork had been repainted in the current Dubonnet prior to acquisition by the vendor on 23 September 1975. The most recent MoT was issued 17 September 1975 at 90,870 miles, although a speedometer change took place shortly afterwards and, with the odometer currently reading 4,232 miles, the total mileage is therefore believed to be 94,932. The car was last taxed for the road in 1976, since when the car has been parked in a domestic garage - apart from one brief drive on private property in the mid-1980s when, according to the vendor, all the gears engaged correctly. During the thirty-five years of inactivity, however, we understand that the engine has been turned over regularly. Apart from the original green logbook, and following a Department of Vehicle Licencing Agency inspection in April, a latest type V5C document has been issued confirming that all this car's identifying numbers including the registration are still current and recorded on the DVLA database. Appearing to be complete apart from the radio, which is missing, and with original magnolia leather present, there are some minor dents to one front corner and the paintwork is matt. After being static for so many years, the car will require full re-commissioning at the very least, of course, before a return to the road can be achieved. A worthy candidate for a sympathetic or total revival, this potentially rewarding project offers marque enthusiasts a now rare opportunity to acquire an unrestored DB5.
The chassis no. for this car is DB5/1482/R, not GB5/1482/R as mis-printed in the catalogue.