1965 Aston Martin DB5 Sports Saloon  Chassis no. DB5/2178R Engine no. 400/2182
Lot 425
1965 Aston Martin DB5 Sports Saloon
Registration no. HAA 53D Chassis no. DB5/2178R Engine no. 400/2182
£ 250,000 - 300,000
US$ 320,000 - 390,000

Lot Details
1965 Aston Martin DB5 Sports Saloon  Chassis no. DB5/2178R Engine no. 400/2182 1965 Aston Martin DB5 Sports Saloon  Chassis no. DB5/2178R Engine no. 400/2182 1965 Aston Martin DB5 Sports Saloon  Chassis no. DB5/2178R Engine no. 400/2182 1965 Aston Martin DB5 Sports Saloon  Chassis no. DB5/2178R Engine no. 400/2182
1965 Aston Martin DB5 Sports Saloon
Registration no. HAA 53D
Chassis no. DB5/2178R
Engine no. 400/2182


  • 'Like all classic GT cars, it combines enormous speed with comfort and the more you put into your driving, the more the car returns for your entertainment. And the DB5 really is entertaining to anyone who can exploit its outstanding performance, handling and brakes. It will also carry four people (just) and a fair amount of luggage so the merits of family transport (if need be) have not been entirely sacrificed to speed and elegant looks.' – Motor.
    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engine was still an all-alloy, twin-overhead-camshaft, six but the old W O Bentley supervised 3.0-litre unit had been superseded by a new design by Tadek Marek.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 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.
    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.
    Manufactured in 1965 and first registered in January 1966, chassis number 'DB5/2178R' was sold new via W H Benham (Bournemouth) Ltd and first owned by Mr Maxwell Alvin Rhiando of Windlesham, Surrey. The original colour scheme was gold with tan interior and the car was equipped with the optional Armstrong Selectaride shock absorbers. In 1973 the Aston passed to its second owner, Mr Alan James Bell, who kept the car until 1977 when it passed to Mr Alexis Ralph Lancashire (bill of sale on file). During Mr Lancashire's long-term ownership the DB5 took part in the AMOC's 2005 'Royal Windsor St George's Day Festival of Aston Martin' parade at Windsor Castle in front of HM The Queen and HRH The Duke of Edinburgh (photograph on file). The current (fourth) owner acquired the car in 2008.
    Prior to that time the inner and outer chassis frames had been replaced and Waxoyled by Aston Martin Works Service (in 1977/78) and the engine rebuilt (including unleaded conversion) by factory-approved Motorman Engineering of St Albans, Hertfordshire in 2001. In 2003 the car was bare-metal re-sprayed and the interior re-trimmed and re-carpeted (including the boot) while the following year AMWS carried out a major service (bills on file). All four brake discs were replaced in 2006.
    In 2008, shortly after acquisition, the DB5 was despatched to marque specialists Aston Engineering for extensive restoration, which included a bare metal re-spray, renewing the headlining, removing and checking the cylinder head, and fitting a new aluminium radiator and aluminium fuel tank. At the same time the opportunity was taken to upgrade the car with a Kenlowe electric cooling fan, Daytona electric window lifts, electric power steering (switchable), high-output alternator and a Monte Carlo handling kit. Aston Engineering's detailed invoice for £24,701 is on file.
    Finished in Silver Birch with black leather interior, this freshly restored DB5 is offered with old-style logbook, BMIHT certificate, the aforementioned invoices, MoT to October 2012, Swansea V5 registration document and a quantity of expired MoTs dating back to 1978. A total of circa 73,000 miles is currently displayed on the odometer.

Saleroom notices

  • The registration number for this vehicle is ECD 599C not as catalogued.
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