1964 Aston Martin DB5 Convertible  Chassis no. DB5C/1295/R Engine no. 400/1560
Lot 148
Matching numbers
1 of just 123 produced

1964 Aston Martin DB5 Convertible
US$ 1,400,000 - 1,700,000
€1,200,000 - 1,400,000

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1964 Aston Martin DB5 Convertible  Chassis no. DB5C/1295/R Engine no. 400/1560 1964 Aston Martin DB5 Convertible  Chassis no. DB5C/1295/R Engine no. 400/1560 1964 Aston Martin DB5 Convertible  Chassis no. DB5C/1295/R Engine no. 400/1560 1964 Aston Martin DB5 Convertible  Chassis no. DB5C/1295/R Engine no. 400/1560 1964 Aston Martin DB5 Convertible  Chassis no. DB5C/1295/R Engine no. 400/1560 1964 Aston Martin DB5 Convertible  Chassis no. DB5C/1295/R Engine no. 400/1560 1964 Aston Martin DB5 Convertible  Chassis no. DB5C/1295/R Engine no. 400/1560 1964 Aston Martin DB5 Convertible  Chassis no. DB5C/1295/R Engine no. 400/1560 1964 Aston Martin DB5 Convertible  Chassis no. DB5C/1295/R Engine no. 400/1560 1964 Aston Martin DB5 Convertible  Chassis no. DB5C/1295/R Engine no. 400/1560 1964 Aston Martin DB5 Convertible  Chassis no. DB5C/1295/R Engine no. 400/1560 1964 Aston Martin DB5 Convertible  Chassis no. DB5C/1295/R Engine no. 400/1560 1964 Aston Martin DB5 Convertible  Chassis no. DB5C/1295/R Engine no. 400/1560 1964 Aston Martin DB5 Convertible  Chassis no. DB5C/1295/R Engine no. 400/1560 1964 Aston Martin DB5 Convertible  Chassis no. DB5C/1295/R Engine no. 400/1560 1964 Aston Martin DB5 Convertible  Chassis no. DB5C/1295/R Engine no. 400/1560 1964 Aston Martin DB5 Convertible  Chassis no. DB5C/1295/R Engine no. 400/1560 1964 Aston Martin DB5 Convertible  Chassis no. DB5C/1295/R Engine no. 400/1560 1964 Aston Martin DB5 Convertible  Chassis no. DB5C/1295/R Engine no. 400/1560 1964 Aston Martin DB5 Convertible  Chassis no. DB5C/1295/R Engine no. 400/1560 1964 Aston Martin DB5 Convertible  Chassis no. DB5C/1295/R Engine no. 400/1560 1964 Aston Martin DB5 Convertible  Chassis no. DB5C/1295/R Engine no. 400/1560 1964 Aston Martin DB5 Convertible  Chassis no. DB5C/1295/R Engine no. 400/1560 1964 Aston Martin DB5 Convertible  Chassis no. DB5C/1295/R Engine no. 400/1560 1964 Aston Martin DB5 Convertible  Chassis no. DB5C/1295/R Engine no. 400/1560 1964 Aston Martin DB5 Convertible  Chassis no. DB5C/1295/R Engine no. 400/1560 1964 Aston Martin DB5 Convertible  Chassis no. DB5C/1295/R Engine no. 400/1560 1964 Aston Martin DB5 Convertible  Chassis no. DB5C/1295/R Engine no. 400/1560 1964 Aston Martin DB5 Convertible  Chassis no. DB5C/1295/R Engine no. 400/1560 1964 Aston Martin DB5 Convertible  Chassis no. DB5C/1295/R Engine no. 400/1560 1964 Aston Martin DB5 Convertible  Chassis no. DB5C/1295/R Engine no. 400/1560 1964 Aston Martin DB5 Convertible  Chassis no. DB5C/1295/R Engine no. 400/1560 1964 Aston Martin DB5 Convertible  Chassis no. DB5C/1295/R Engine no. 400/1560 1964 Aston Martin DB5 Convertible  Chassis no. DB5C/1295/R Engine no. 400/1560 1964 Aston Martin DB5 Convertible  Chassis no. DB5C/1295/R Engine no. 400/1560 1964 Aston Martin DB5 Convertible  Chassis no. DB5C/1295/R Engine no. 400/1560 1964 Aston Martin DB5 Convertible  Chassis no. DB5C/1295/R Engine no. 400/1560 1964 Aston Martin DB5 Convertible  Chassis no. DB5C/1295/R Engine no. 400/1560 1964 Aston Martin DB5 Convertible  Chassis no. DB5C/1295/R Engine no. 400/1560 1964 Aston Martin DB5 Convertible  Chassis no. DB5C/1295/R Engine no. 400/1560 1964 Aston Martin DB5 Convertible  Chassis no. DB5C/1295/R Engine no. 400/1560 1964 Aston Martin DB5 Convertible  Chassis no. DB5C/1295/R Engine no. 400/1560 1964 Aston Martin DB5 Convertible  Chassis no. DB5C/1295/R Engine no. 400/1560 1964 Aston Martin DB5 Convertible  Chassis no. DB5C/1295/R Engine no. 400/1560 1964 Aston Martin DB5 Convertible  Chassis no. DB5C/1295/R Engine no. 400/1560 1964 Aston Martin DB5 Convertible  Chassis no. DB5C/1295/R Engine no. 400/1560 1964 Aston Martin DB5 Convertible  Chassis no. DB5C/1295/R Engine no. 400/1560 1964 Aston Martin DB5 Convertible  Chassis no. DB5C/1295/R Engine no. 400/1560 1964 Aston Martin DB5 Convertible  Chassis no. DB5C/1295/R Engine no. 400/1560 1964 Aston Martin DB5 Convertible  Chassis no. DB5C/1295/R Engine no. 400/1560 1964 Aston Martin DB5 Convertible  Chassis no. DB5C/1295/R Engine no. 400/1560 1964 Aston Martin DB5 Convertible  Chassis no. DB5C/1295/R Engine no. 400/1560 1964 Aston Martin DB5 Convertible  Chassis no. DB5C/1295/R Engine no. 400/1560 1964 Aston Martin DB5 Convertible  Chassis no. DB5C/1295/R Engine no. 400/1560 1964 Aston Martin DB5 Convertible  Chassis no. DB5C/1295/R Engine no. 400/1560 1964 Aston Martin DB5 Convertible  Chassis no. DB5C/1295/R Engine no. 400/1560 1964 Aston Martin DB5 Convertible  Chassis no. DB5C/1295/R Engine no. 400/1560 1964 Aston Martin DB5 Convertible  Chassis no. DB5C/1295/R Engine no. 400/1560 1964 Aston Martin DB5 Convertible  Chassis no. DB5C/1295/R Engine no. 400/1560 1964 Aston Martin DB5 Convertible  Chassis no. DB5C/1295/R Engine no. 400/1560 1964 Aston Martin DB5 Convertible  Chassis no. DB5C/1295/R Engine no. 400/1560
1964 Aston Martin DB5 Convertible
Coachwork by Touring

Chassis no. DB5C/1295/R
Engine no. 400/1560

3,995cc DOHC Inline 6-Cylinder Engine
3 SU Carburetors
282bhp at 5,500rpm
5-Speed ZF Manual Transmission
Front Independent Suspension - Live Rear Axle
4-Wheel Disc Brakes


*Matching numbers example
*One of only 123 DB5 Convertibles produced
*Original right-hand-drive example
*Factory build sheet confirms original details
*An exceedingly rare British GT convertible with sporting pedigree



THE ASTON MARTIN DB5

"More and more cars today reach the magical "ton" but those which can do it with the same ease and rapidity of the Aston can be counted on the fingers of one hand. High-speed stability and safety is not cheap to engineer, and with few people to pay the price, production costs are never reduced by the quantity of the work. The DB5 therefore fills a unique corner of the market, a corner at the top end both in the way it performs and the price one pays for the privilege." Autocar, 18th September 1964.

Introduced in 1963, the DB5 was a development of the preceding DB4 that had represented such a giant step forward in Aston Martin's post-war evolution on its arrival in 1958. Classically proportioned, the DB4's Touring-designed body established an instantly recognizable look that would stand the marque in good stead until 1970. Its engine was still an all-alloy twin-overhead-camshaft 'six' but the old W. O. Bentley-designed 3.0-liter unit had been superseded by a new design by Tadek Marek.

Proven in racing before it entered production in the DB4, the new 3,670cc engine featured 'square' bore and stroke dimensions of 92x92mm 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. Independent front suspension was retained, the DB2/4's trailing links giving 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. 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 DB5's 3,995cc engine, first seen in the Lagonda Rapide, produced 282bhp and was mated to a four-speed, overdrive-equipped gearbox, a 'proper' ZF five-speed unit being standardised later. Other improvements included alternator electrics, Girling disc brakes instead of Dunlops, Sundym glass, electric windows and an oil pressure gauge as standard equipment. 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 a mere 123 convertibles and 12 shooting brakes.

THE MOTORCAR OFFERED

This DB5 Convertible is a desirable matching numbers, manual transmission equipped car, specified as new for its home market as a right hand drive model. DB5C/1295/R was delivered on April 24, 1964 through agent C. Williams to its first owner, J.A.L. Mould, Esq., of Warwickshire, UK, as recorded on its factory build sheet. Fitted with an optional 3.77:1 final drive Power Lok rear axle, the DB5 Convertible would be registered on plate number '236 GDA' and remained in the UK with this registration until 2013, when it would be sold to its present US ownership. It retains its UK registration plates still today, an indicator of its long tenure on British soil.

As it left the Aston Martin Works in 1964, this particular DB5 made a striking sight in red over black Connolly trim, with a black top and cover, the same color combination it wears a half century later. Its build sheet notes that it was fitted with 'non-standard equipment' including two Marchal fog lamps, a Motorola radio with power-operated aerial, chrome wheels, twin Britax safety belts, and a full tonneau cover in black 5442 DH Everflex. Many of these features, including the desirable Motorola radio, are still present.

Subsequent notes in the build sheet indicate service work on four occasions through March 1965. At just under 6,000 miles, in October 1964, Selectaride shock absorbers were fitted by the works, while the passenger seat received a headrest. An engine overhaul early in 1965 is also recorded, at which time the DB5 displayed a mere 8,407 miles on its odometer.

Subequently, the flashy red DB5 Convertible is known to have been owned by Mr. Michael Beresford-West. In his ownership, the car participated in the 1995 Louis Vuitton Concours d'Élegance at the Hurlingham Club, West London. '236 GDA' was then acquired from him in 2008 by its next owner via Nicholas Mee & Co., the London-based specialist Aston Martin Heritage dealer. In this ownership, the DB5 formed part of a large collection of motorcars, with a principal leaning towards the Aston Martin marque. It shared a garage with a DB4GT as well as pre-war, Feltham, and Newport Pagnell DB and V8 models, with ongoing maintenance undertaken by the resident engineer.

The body is generally very straight with good panel fit, while a re-spray undertaken in 1995 is holding up very well. The gently patinated interior is in good order and the under-hood area all present and tidy. Having formed part of an extensive collection, mileage has naturally been limited. At the time of cataloguing, the odometer reading stood at just over 90,265 miles, which is believed to be original. An old UK MoT certificate from 1982 indicated mileage at that date of 59,506, supporting the gradual accumulation of mileage this DB5 has enjoyed over the decades.

Having been brought to the US in 2013, this delightful DB5 Convertible is best described today as one that has been extensively restored to a high standard but has since mellowed with the charming patina of light aging – just right for a car that retains many of its original special features and UK registration plates.

The DB5 Convertible represents one of the most rare and sought after models of the marque; with a production run of only 123 cars, it exists in a rarefied air of the finest pedigreed sporting drop-tops of the 1960s.
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