1964 Aston Martin DB5 Convertible  Chassis no. DB5C/1287/R

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Lot 232
1964 Aston Martin DB5 Convertible
Registration no. HOT 732 Chassis no. DB5C/1287/R

Sold for £ 807,900 (US$ 1,122,817) inc. premium
1964 Aston Martin DB5 Convertible
Registration no. HOT 732
Chassis no. DB5C/1287/R
*One of 84 right-hand drive DB5 convertibles made
*Current ownership since 1973
*ZF five-speed gearbox
*Extensively restored

Footnotes

  • '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 Touring-designed body established an instantly recognisable look that would stand the marque in good stead until 1970. The DB4's engine was still an all-alloy twin-overhead-camshaft 'six' but the old W O Bentley-designed 3.0-litre unit had been superseded by a new design by Tadek Marek.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.

    A desirable five-speed example, this rare DB5 convertible was sold new via the Brooklands agency to Display Productions Ltd of Marlborough Road, London, who purchased the car in July 1964. The accompanying copy guarantee form list the original colour scheme as Dubonnet with grey Connolly leather trim and Light French grey hood. The DB5 was first registered with a cherished number: 'HOT 732'. The current vendor, its ninth purchaser, bought the Aston from a private individual in Aberdeen in 1973. By this time the cherished number plate had disappeared and the car had the age-related registration 'KME 568B'. Close examination revealed that the DB5 had been repainted twice: firstly Ferrari Red and secondly Venusian Purple; the dashboard was still the original Dubonnet. It was also apparent that the car had had a minor accident to the front nearside, which had been poorly repaired. The vendor ran the Aston as his daily driver with the registration 'VFS 200' until 1977, and then garaged it pending restoration.

    In 1979 the owner got a job in the Middle East and sent the car to a well known UK-based restorer for a total rebuild. Six months later, the job collapsed and he returned to the UK; finances dictated the rebuild's cancellation and the Aston was retrieved, but not before the original engine block had been destroyed. In 1987 the owner was again in a position to have the car restored and sent it to yet another well known firm, only for it to be stolen. Eventually the DB5 was retrieved (in 1988) in a partially renovate state, from the premises of a further UK based restorer. It was then sent to Phoenix Restorations in St Albans for the restoration to be completed.

    The rebuild progressed slowly until 2004 when the owner decided to complete the remaining detail work himself, sourcing rare parts that had gone missing during the second attempt at restoration. In 2012 the car was sent to independent marque specialists Martins Aston Services of Mollinsburn, Glasgow to have the engine and gearbox commissioned; finally, in January 2015, the completed car was MoT'd, fitted with the re-claimed original cherished number 'HOT 732'. It should be noted that the replacement cylinder block has been stamped with the (destroyed) original's number: '400/1474'. The only notified deviations from factory specification notified are the removal of the radio and bumper over-riders, and the provision of a stainless steel exhaust to DB4 specification. Accompanying documentation consists of sundry restoration invoices to the value of circa £100,000, a photographic record of the restoration, various original parts which have been replaced, current MoT certificate, and a V5 registration document.
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1964 Aston Martin DB5 Convertible  Chassis no. DB5C/1287/R
1964 Aston Martin DB5 Convertible  Chassis no. DB5C/1287/R
1964 Aston Martin DB5 Convertible  Chassis no. DB5C/1287/R
1964 Aston Martin DB5 Convertible  Chassis no. DB5C/1287/R
1964 Aston Martin DB5 Convertible  Chassis no. DB5C/1287/R
1964 Aston Martin DB5 Convertible  Chassis no. DB5C/1287/R
1964 Aston Martin DB5 Convertible  Chassis no. DB5C/1287/R
1964 Aston Martin DB5 Convertible  Chassis no. DB5C/1287/R
1964 Aston Martin DB5 Convertible  Chassis no. DB5C/1287/R
1964 Aston Martin DB5 Convertible  Chassis no. DB5C/1287/R
1964 Aston Martin DB5 Convertible  Chassis no. DB5C/1287/R
1964 Aston Martin DB5 Convertible  Chassis no. DB5C/1287/R
1964 Aston Martin DB5 Convertible  Chassis no. DB5C/1287/R
1964 Aston Martin DB5 Convertible  Chassis no. DB5C/1287/R
1964 Aston Martin DB5 Convertible  Chassis no. DB5C/1287/R
1964 Aston Martin DB5 Convertible  Chassis no. DB5C/1287/R
1964 Aston Martin DB5 Convertible  Chassis no. DB5C/1287/R
1964 Aston Martin DB5 Convertible  Chassis no. DB5C/1287/R
1964 Aston Martin DB5 Convertible  Chassis no. DB5C/1287/R
1964 Aston Martin DB5 Convertible  Chassis no. DB5C/1287/R
1964 Aston Martin DB5 Convertible  Chassis no. DB5C/1287/R
1964 Aston Martin DB5 Convertible  Chassis no. DB5C/1287/R
1964 Aston Martin DB5 Convertible  Chassis no. DB5C/1287/R
1964 Aston Martin DB5 Convertible  Chassis no. DB5C/1287/R
1964 Aston Martin DB5 Convertible  Chassis no. DB5C/1287/R
1964 Aston Martin DB5 Convertible  Chassis no. DB5C/1287/R
1964 Aston Martin DB5 Convertible  Chassis no. DB5C/1287/R
1964 Aston Martin DB5 Convertible  Chassis no. DB5C/1287/R
1964 Aston Martin DB5 Convertible  Chassis no. DB5C/1287/R
1964 Aston Martin DB5 Convertible  Chassis no. DB5C/1287/R
1964 Aston Martin DB5 Convertible  Chassis no. DB5C/1287/R
1964 Aston Martin DB5 Convertible  Chassis no. DB5C/1287/R
1964 Aston Martin DB5 Convertible  Chassis no. DB5C/1287/R
1964 Aston Martin DB5 Convertible  Chassis no. DB5C/1287/R
1964 Aston Martin DB5 Convertible  Chassis no. DB5C/1287/R
1964 Aston Martin DB5 Convertible  Chassis no. DB5C/1287/R
1964 Aston Martin DB5 Convertible  Chassis no. DB5C/1287/R
1964 Aston Martin DB5 Convertible  Chassis no. DB5C/1287/R
1964 Aston Martin DB5 Convertible  Chassis no. DB5C/1287/R
1964 Aston Martin DB5 Convertible  Chassis no. DB5C/1287/R
1964 Aston Martin DB5 Convertible  Chassis no. DB5C/1287/R
1964 Aston Martin DB5 Convertible  Chassis no. DB5C/1287/R
1964 Aston Martin DB5 Convertible  Chassis no. DB5C/1287/R
1964 Aston Martin DB5 Convertible  Chassis no. DB5C/1287/R
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