1964 ASTON MARTIN  DB5 SPORTS SALOON  Chassis no. DB5/1759/R Engine no. 400/1807

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A truly stunning example
Recent comprehensive restoration

1964 ASTON MARTIN DB5 SPORTS SALOON

Sold for US$ 781,000 inc. premium
1964 ASTON MARTIN DB5 SPORTS SALOON

Coachwork by Touring

Chassis no. DB5/1759/R
Engine no. 400/1807

4,200cc DOHC Inline 6-cylinder Engine
Three SU Carburetors
282bhp at 5,500rpm
5-Speed Manual Transmission
Independent Front Suspension - Live Rear Axle
4-Wheel Disc Brakes

*One of only 886 DB5 Sport Saloons from 1964
*Recent comprehensive restoration of an automotive icon
*Enormously charismatic 1960s Grand Tourer
*Modern five-speed transmission original gearbox is included
*A truly stunning example of the Sean Connery era Aston Martin



THE ASTON MARTIN DB5

The fabulous DB5s that emerged from the Aston Martin factory at Newport Pagnell in the mid-1960s were hand-built, stylish, powerful and quite expensive; bespoke grand tourers - "the essence of GT driving", noted one reviewer in 1964 - that drew admiring glances wherever they were seen. The DB5's supporting role in the James Bond film series cemented its image as perhaps the most famous automobile in the world. Many became the favored rides of celebrities worldwide.

The DB5 was initially dubbed the DB4 Series VI, but by the end of 1963, so many improvements had been made to the DB4 – which had been built from 1958 to 1963 - that the factory decided to update the designation. Externally, the new DB5 retained the sleek covered headlights and elongated rear fenders of the DB4, but a new double-overhead-cam 4.0-liter inline six replaced the earlier 3.7 liter unit. The DB5 now developed 282 bhp at 5500 rpm with triple SU carburetors, a marked improvement over the DB4's 240 bhp. Suspension comprised double wishbones in front, with a four-link live rear axle with a Watts linkage. The brakes were very effective power-assisted Girling discs all around. The bodywork continued the same very light "Superleggera" aluminum skin over a tubular framework introduced on the DB4 and licensed from Carrozeria Touring of Milan, Italy. The DB5 was capable of reaching 60 miles an hour in a fraction more than seven seconds, and a 142 mph top speed, but looked fast standing still. The DB5 drew high praise from Road & Track magazine, which declared in 1964, "If one were planning a trip from Paris to Rome, a car such as the DB5 would be hard to beat." In all, 1021 DB5s were delivered before the arrival of the DB6; 886 examples were built in 1964.


THE MOTORCAR OFFERED

This stunning DB5 Saloon was a home-market model (right-hand-drive), built on 28 October, 1964 and sold by to Plough Motors Limited, Stonehouse, Gloucestershire for Holders of Congresbury, Somerset. It was originally finished in Dubonnet Rosso with a Fawn leather interior. In April of 1989, the car was sold by Mr. Peter Burchell, a California resident, to Mr. Carey L. Kendall of Vintage Motorcars in Santa Barbara, California, who almost immediately sold the car to Aston Martin Vintage Racing Services of Stamford, Connecticut. The car was in disassembled condition, with the engine, transmission, and trim removed from the car, but Mr. Kendall assured the buyer that "all pieces appear to be present." The consignor states that it appears that the Connecticut shop intended to restore the car, but nothing was done for the next five years.

In January, 1994, the car was imported to Canada for the consignor by Auto Classic Enterprises of North Vancouver, British Columbia, still in disassembled condition, and then restored. All corrosion was repaired, and all body panels carefully inspected for damage. Because the body had been completely stripped, its original color was unknown at that time, so it was resprayed a medium metallic blue. The work included converting the car from right-hand to left-hand steering. The challenge of maneuvering a RHD automobile in a nation where nearly every other vehicle was LHD was more than the owner cared to deal with, and he wanted to make it more enjoyable to drive in traffic. The mechanicals and electrics of the car were completely rebuilt and the engine during the rebuild was increased to 4200cc. The clock was rebuilt and converted to a modern quartz movement and the tachometer was also rebuilt and converted to modern electronics to allow the use of a modern electronic ignition.

In 2003, the owner decided to have the original ZF five-speed gearbox rebuilt because it was quite noisy at idle. After learning from various marque experts that the noise was a normal trait of that transmission due to excessive play between the pinions on the main and lay shafts, it was suggested that the ZF be replaced with a Toyota Supra Transmission from "Conversion Components Ltd." of Waihi, New Zealand, which specializes in such conversions for various British cars. The Supra box offered ratios almost identical to those of the ZF. The transmission swap was done by a local British car mechanic, along with installation of a new clutch assembly.

In July, 2013, the owner decided the 18-year-old paint needed attention. The Aston was again stripped completely for the respray, and it became apparent that some short-cuts had been taken in the earlier body repairs. This time, the car was placed in a rotisserie, completely disassembled and its aluminum alloy skin and chassis properly repaired by Claude St. Pierre at St. Pierre Restorations of Surrey, B.C., and painted Silver Birch, a classic Aston Martin color.

The DB5 also received new electric window mechanisms, a new windshield wiper motor and linkage, a modern high-torque starter motor, front Koni shocks, conversion to a modern negative-ground system, an electronic ignition system, and new glass and window trim. All the other aluminum trim was polished, and all chrome items were replated. The original multi-band radio was converted to negative ground. The rear axle had been rebuilt 10 years ago and has recorded only 2000 miles since. The engine had been rebuilt during the 1994 restoration but was opened up and found to still be in excellent condition; it had only been driven for approx 3400 miles. It was resealed and reinstalled. The brake system, including the master cylinder, servos and calibers were rebuilt in 1999. The entire brake system was carefully examined and the master cylinder was refurbished again. The wire wheels were purchased new during the first restoration. With only 3400 miles on the car since the first restoration the wire wheels were still perfect, and were mounted with a set of new Avon 185R/15 radials to replace the original bias-plies. The interior was completely reupholstered with new Vaumol Connolly leather from noted British supplier "U.K. Hydes", which matched the original factory leather in grain and quality. A new stainless-steel exhaust system from Aston Martin was installed, and the rear shock absorbers were sent in for rebuilding.

This striking DB5 will be supplied with a tool kit, spare wheel and tire, a parts manual, an owners instruction and a workshop manual. The original ZF five-speed transmission is included, along with a folio of photographs from the just-completed two-and-a-half-year restoration and invoices from both restorations. Freshly completed in an attractive color scheme, here is a head-turning Aston Martin that will be a joy to drive. This iconic 1960s era Aston Martin warrants the very closest inspection, it is certainly one of the finest that we have had the pleasure to present in recent times.
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