1964 Aston Martin DB5 Sports Saloon  Chassis no. DB5/1666/R
Lot 209
1964 Aston Martin DB5 Sports Saloon
Sold for £561,500 (US$ 760,253) inc. premium

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1964 Aston Martin DB5 Sports Saloon  Chassis no. DB5/1666/R 1964 Aston Martin DB5 Sports Saloon  Chassis no. DB5/1666/R 1964 Aston Martin DB5 Sports Saloon  Chassis no. DB5/1666/R 1964 Aston Martin DB5 Sports Saloon  Chassis no. DB5/1666/R 1964 Aston Martin DB5 Sports Saloon  Chassis no. DB5/1666/R 1964 Aston Martin DB5 Sports Saloon  Chassis no. DB5/1666/R 1964 Aston Martin DB5 Sports Saloon  Chassis no. DB5/1666/R 1964 Aston Martin DB5 Sports Saloon  Chassis no. DB5/1666/R 1964 Aston Martin DB5 Sports Saloon  Chassis no. DB5/1666/R 1964 Aston Martin DB5 Sports Saloon  Chassis no. DB5/1666/R 1964 Aston Martin DB5 Sports Saloon  Chassis no. DB5/1666/R 1964 Aston Martin DB5 Sports Saloon  Chassis no. DB5/1666/R 1964 Aston Martin DB5 Sports Saloon  Chassis no. DB5/1666/R 1964 Aston Martin DB5 Sports Saloon  Chassis no. DB5/1666/R 1964 Aston Martin DB5 Sports Saloon  Chassis no. DB5/1666/R 1964 Aston Martin DB5 Sports Saloon  Chassis no. DB5/1666/R 1964 Aston Martin DB5 Sports Saloon  Chassis no. DB5/1666/R 1964 Aston Martin DB5 Sports Saloon  Chassis no. DB5/1666/R 1964 Aston Martin DB5 Sports Saloon  Chassis no. DB5/1666/R 1964 Aston Martin DB5 Sports Saloon  Chassis no. DB5/1666/R 1964 Aston Martin DB5 Sports Saloon  Chassis no. DB5/1666/R 1964 Aston Martin DB5 Sports Saloon  Chassis no. DB5/1666/R 1964 Aston Martin DB5 Sports Saloon  Chassis no. DB5/1666/R 1964 Aston Martin DB5 Sports Saloon  Chassis no. DB5/1666/R 1964 Aston Martin DB5 Sports Saloon  Chassis no. DB5/1666/R 1964 Aston Martin DB5 Sports Saloon  Chassis no. DB5/1666/R 1964 Aston Martin DB5 Sports Saloon  Chassis no. DB5/1666/R 1964 Aston Martin DB5 Sports Saloon  Chassis no. DB5/1666/R 1964 Aston Martin DB5 Sports Saloon  Chassis no. DB5/1666/R 1964 Aston Martin DB5 Sports Saloon  Chassis no. DB5/1666/R 1964 Aston Martin DB5 Sports Saloon  Chassis no. DB5/1666/R 1964 Aston Martin DB5 Sports Saloon  Chassis no. DB5/1666/R 1964 Aston Martin DB5 Sports Saloon  Chassis no. DB5/1666/R 1964 Aston Martin DB5 Sports Saloon  Chassis no. DB5/1666/R 1964 Aston Martin DB5 Sports Saloon  Chassis no. DB5/1666/R
1964 Aston Martin DB5 Sports Saloon
Registration no. CGB 333B
Chassis no. DB5/1666/R
*The most famous of all 'James Bond' Aston Martins
*Present ownership since 1972
*Re-sprayed in 2016

Footnotes

  • 'Racing has played a major part in the development of all Aston Martin engines since Frank Halford designed the original 1.5-litre unit for Bamford & Martin. The 3,995cc 6-cylinder light alloy engine fitted to the DB5 is in all major respects the same as that which powered the 4-litre prototype which ran in the 1962 and 1963 Le Mans 24-Hour races.' – Autocar, 21st May 1965.

    Aston Martin's post-war evolution took a giant step forward with the launch of the DB4 in 1958. Classically proportioned, the Touring-designed body established an instantly recognisable look that would stand the marque in good stead until 1970. The engine was still an all-alloy, twin-overhead-camshaft, six but the old W O Bentley supervised 3.0-litre unit had been superseded by a new design by Tadek Marek. The new 3,670cc engine featured 'square' bore and stroke dimensions of 92mm, and developed its maximum power of 240bhp at 5,500rpm. The David Brown gearbox was a new four-speed all-synchromesh unit.

    Touring's Superleggera body construction, which employed a lightweight tubular structure to support the aluminium-alloy body panels, was deemed incompatible with the DB2/4-type multi-tubular spaceframe, so engineer Harold Beach drew up an immensely strong platform type chassis. The DB2/4's trailing-link independent front suspension gave way to unequal-length wishbones while at the rear the DB4 sported a live axle located by a Watts linkage instead of its predecessor's Panhard rod.

    Five series were built as the model gradually metamorphosed into the DB5. Introduced in July 1963, the Aston Martin DB5 boasted a 4.0-litre engine, this enlarged unit having been seen first in the Lagonda Rapide of 1961. Equipped with three SU carburettors, the '400' engine produced 282bhp at 5,500rpm and was mated to a four-speed/overdrive gearbox, a 'proper' ZF five-speed unit being standardised later.

    The DB5's distinctive cowled headlamps had first appeared on the DB4GT and the newcomer was the same size as the lengthened, Series V DB4. Outwardly there was little to distinguish the DB5 from the last of the DB4s apart from twin fuel filler caps, though these had already appeared on some cars. Beneath the skin however, there were numerous improvements including alternator electrics, Girling disc brakes instead of Dunlops, Sundym glass, electric windows and an oil pressure gauge as standard equipment.

    From September 1964 the 314bhp, triple-Weber Vantage engine became available and was fitted to a total of 95 cars. The DB5 was also offered in convertible form (the 'Volante' name would not be applied to the soft-top Aston until the DB6's arrival) while independent coachbuilder Harold Radford offered a shooting brake conversion. 1,021 DB5s were manufactured between July 1963 and September 1965, a total that included 123 convertibles and 12 shooting brakes.

    The DB5 was the first and remains the most famous of all the 'James Bond' Aston Martins, having appeared in no fewer than five movies of the series, beginning with Goldfinger in 1964. Equipped with rocket launchers and sundry other gadgets, 007's DB5 was finished in Silver Birch with red interior, in which specification it was later issued by Corgi Toys.

    This DB5's accompanying copy order form reveals that it was delivered on 21st July 1964 to Albert J Ross, Esq of Millerston, Glasgow, and registered as 'CGB 333B'. The current vendor acquired the Aston in 1972 when he was 21 years old, and thus has been its custodian for some 45 years.

    Refurbishment carried out has included an engine rebuild approximately 25 years ago (by Ted Howard, a Doctor of Engineering), re-upholstery of the front seats (25 years ago), replacing all brake callipers (10 years ago), and a re-spray (in 2016, bill on file). Much of the maintenance has been entrusted to TT Workshops, including an overhaul of the engine top-end, while routine servicing has been carried out by the vendor and a full-time mechanic.

    The DB5 was driven as the owner's main car for several years, including a honeymoon tour of France and Italy. Retired some 25 years ago, apart from use on high days and holidays, it has had the engine brought up to running temperature every month and has been exercised lightly. The oil has been changed every year. The clutch was replaced several years ago, and we are advised that the car drives well, with all gearbox syncros working as they should. Only light re-commissioning, to include balancing the carburettors, should be required before returning the Aston to the road.

    Described by the private vendor as unmolested and in generally very good condition, this much loved DB5 is offered with a V5 registration document, and the aforementioned copy order form and restoration bill.
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