1964 Aston Martin DB5  Chassis no. DB5/1392/L

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Lot 148
1964 Aston Martin DB5
Chassis no. DB5/1392/L

Sold for € 293,500 (US$ 298,694) inc. premium
1964 Aston Martin DB5
Chassis no. DB5/1392/L
L'évolution d'Aston Martin après guerre fait un énorme pas en avant avec le lancement en 1958 de la DB4. Le dessin de Touring, mêlant sportivité et classicisme, établit pour la marque une forme immédiatement reconnaissable et qui va perdurer jusqu'aux années 1970. Le moteur est toujours un six cylindres tout alu, double arbre à cames en tête, mais l'ancienne mécanique conçue sous l'autorité de WO Bentley a cédé la place au nouveau bloc de Tadek Marek. Avec une cylindrée de 3 670 cm3, son alésage et sa course de dimensions identiques (92 mm) en font un moteur "carré". Il développe 240 ch à 5 500 tr/mn, et la boîte de vitesses David Brown offre quatre rapports synchronisés.
La construction "Superleggera Touring", qui emploie une structure tubulaire légère accueillant les panneaux de carrosserie en aluminium, est incompatible avec l'ensemble multitubulaire de la DB 2/4. Harold Beach dessine donc un châssis plateforme extrêmement solide. La suspension avant indépendante de la DB 2/4, à bras tirés, laisse place à des triangles inégaux alors qu'à l'arrière, la DB4 reçoit un essieu rigide doté d'un système Watts au lieu d'une barre Panhard.
Cinq séries se succèdent, alors que le modèle se métamorphose progressivement jusqu'à la DB5 de 1963. Ses phares caractéristiques, profilés sous globe, sont déjà apparus sur la DB4 GT, et la nouvelle-venue est de même dimensions que la DB4 Series V allongée. Le moteur 3 995 cm3 — vu d'abord sur la Lagonda Rapide — est relié à une boîte quatre rapports et overdrive, alors qu'une boîte ZF cinq rapports est disponible en option avant d'être fournie plus tard en série.
Provenant d'une importante collection Aston Martin, cette DB5 conduite à gauche a été vendue neuve par le garage Mirabeau et a reçu sa première immatriculation le 31 janvier 1964. Cette voiture dont les numéros correspondent a toujours été entre les mains de collectionneurs français, dont le fameux architecte Fernand Tsaropoulos entre 1986 et 1998. Elle est ensuite passée chez un autre distingué collectionneur parisien, avant d'être cédée il y a quelques mois au propriétaire actuel, collectionneur important d'Aston Martin. Etant maintenant à la tête de trois DB5, il a décidé de se séparer de celle-ci.
En 2004/2005, la voiture a bénéficié d'une restauration mécanique complète chez RPM à Clichy, près de Paris. Toutes les factures sont disponibles, de même qu'un ensemble de photos montrant la carrosserie déposée du châssis et séparée de sa structure en tubes. Le moteur avait déjà été restauré par le mécanicien respecté Jean Nadal (en 1985), la voiture affichant alors un kilométrage de 28 500 km. D'autres travaux importants ont été réalisés par Auto Performance, distributeur Aston Martin officiel (freins, pompe à essence, direction, démarreur, échappement, embrayage, etc) et la voiture a été entretenue par Automobiles d'Antan, à Chatillon. Munie de sa carte grise française et de son contrôle technique, cette Aston Martin châssis n°1392 représente une merveilleuse opportunité d'acquérir une des rares DB5 conduite à gauche livrée neuve en France, et bénéficiant d'un dossier de restauration bien documenté.

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-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 of 1963. The latter's distinctive cowled headlamps had first appeared on the DB4GT and the newcomer was the same size as the lengthened Series V DB4. The 3,995cc engine - first seen in the Lagonda Rapide - was mated to a four-speed overdrive-equipped gearbox; a proper ZF five-speed unit being an option at first and standardised later.
Offered for sale from an important Aston Martin collection, this left-hand drive DB5 was sold new via Garage Mirabeau in Paris and first registered in France on 31st January 1964. A matching numbers example, the car has always been owned by French collectors and from 1986 to 1998 was in the hands of the famous architect Fernand Tsaropoulos. Its next owner was another distinguished Parisian collector, from whom it was purchased some months ago by the current vendor, an important Aston Martin collector. He now owns three DB5s, so has decided to part with this one.
In 2004/2005 the car underwent a complete mechanical restoration by RPM in Clichy, near Paris and all invoices are available together with a photographic record showing the body off the chassis and separated from its supporting tubular framework. The engine had been already rebuilt by respected mechanic Jean Nadal (in 1985) when the car had 28,500 kilometres on odometer. Many other important works have been carried out by Auto Performance, the official French Aston Martin dealer (brakes, fuel pump, steering, starter, exhaust, clutch, etc) and the car has been maintained by Automobiles d’Antan in Chatillon, Paris. Offered with French Carte Grise and Contrôle Technique, ‘1392’ represents a wonderful opportunity to purchase one of the few left-hand drive DB5s delivered new in France, benefiting from a well documented restoration.
1964 Aston Martin DB5  Chassis no. DB5/1392/L
1964 Aston Martin DB5  Chassis no. DB5/1392/L
1964 Aston Martin DB5  Chassis no. DB5/1392/L
1964 Aston Martin DB5  Chassis no. DB5/1392/L
1964 Aston Martin DB5  Chassis no. DB5/1392/L
1964 Aston Martin DB5  Chassis no. DB5/1392/L
1964 Aston Martin DB5  Chassis no. DB5/1392/L
1964 Aston Martin DB5  Chassis no. DB5/1392/L
1964 Aston Martin DB5  Chassis no. DB5/1392/L
1964 Aston Martin DB5  Chassis no. DB5/1392/L
1964 Aston Martin DB5  Chassis no. DB5/1392/L
1964 Aston Martin DB5  Chassis no. DB5/1392/L
1964 Aston Martin DB5  Chassis no. DB5/1392/L
1964 Aston Martin DB5  Chassis no. DB5/1392/L
1964 Aston Martin DB5  Chassis no. DB5/1392/L
1964 Aston Martin DB5  Chassis no. DB5/1392/L
1964 Aston Martin DB5  Chassis no. DB5/1392/L
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