1964 Aston Martin DB5 Sports Saloon  Chassis no. DB51598R

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Lot 235
1964 Aston Martin DB5 Sports Saloon

Sold for £ 561,500 (US$ 794,328) inc. premium
1964 Aston Martin DB5 Sports Saloon
Registration no. BYC 886B
Chassis no. DB51598R
*First owned by the Earl of Lonsdale
*Matching numbers
*Previous ownership from 1989 to 2013
*Genuine 66,360 miles from new
*Outstandingly original: never restored but well maintained
*Recent extensive works (engine and gearbox rebuild, etc)

Footnotes

  • 'Second to his house, a man's car is usually his most expensive single possession. But a house is static, and although a car like the DB5 costs as much as a comfortable dwelling, it is very dynamic and free to go anywhere. It is a car which cries out to be driven, to be driven well, and to be driven far.' - Autocar, 18th September 1964.

    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engine was still an all-alloy, twin-overhead-camshaft, six but the old W O Bentley supervised 3.0-litre unit had been superceded by a new design by Tadek Marek.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. In production for only two years, during which period 1,021 were manufactured, the DB5 is considered by some to be the nicest of the Marek six cylinder cars, combining as is does the short wheelbase of the original DB4 with the 4.0-litre engine as found in the larger DB6.

    Chassis number '1598/R' was first owned by the Earl of Lonsdale. The immediately preceding owner purchased the Aston in 1989 from Marksdanes Classic Cars of Shepton Mallet, Somerset, who had just completed a major overhaul of the car following its return to the UK from California. The recorded mileage at that time was 61,363. For 24 years (1989-2013) 'BYC 886B' was kept in a heated garage with relatively few miles being added to the total. Indeed, only some 5,000 miles have been covered in the last 29 years. Regularly serviced and maintained during that ownership by Oselli Ltd of Witney, Oxfordshire, it is wonderfully original and delightfully patinated, and in this respect is one of the best we have seen.

    Works carried out by Oselli include overhauling the brake servos and master cylinder; removing the cylinder head, re-facing and reassembling with new gaskets and seals; overhauling the water pump; re-coring the radiator; replacing the oil cooler; fitting a new 'high torque' starter motor; replacing the left side window motor; and renewing the front windscreen and seals (see bill for £7,273 on file dated June 2006).

    Also carried out by marque specialists, more recent works include an engine overhaul, rear axle overhaul, gearbox rebuild, fitting of power assisted steering, upgraded cooling system with alloy radiator and fans, lights converted to LED/Xenon, Koni shock absorbers, upgraded anti-roll bar, and a new clutch assembly (see invoice for £52,595 on file). The car has also been fitted with a Tracker with two transponder tags (Cat 5+).

    Finished in Goodwood Green with red leather interior and new carpets, this outstandingly original DB5 is offered with the aforementioned invoices; MoTs dating back to 1989 confirming mileage; (copy) old-style logbook; MoT to September 2018; a V5C document; C-Tek battery conditioner and an Aston Martin Works bespoke indoor car cover. Additionally a BMIHT certified copy of the Factory Record is also supplied.

Saleroom notices

  • Please note that there is no copy of a 'buff' logbook offered with this Lot, only a photocopy of the old style V5.
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1964 Aston Martin DB5 Sports Saloon  Chassis no. DB51598R
1964 Aston Martin DB5 Sports Saloon  Chassis no. DB51598R
1964 Aston Martin DB5 Sports Saloon  Chassis no. DB51598R
1964 Aston Martin DB5 Sports Saloon  Chassis no. DB51598R
1964 Aston Martin DB5 Sports Saloon  Chassis no. DB51598R
1964 Aston Martin DB5 Sports Saloon  Chassis no. DB51598R
1964 Aston Martin DB5 Sports Saloon  Chassis no. DB51598R
1964 Aston Martin DB5 Sports Saloon  Chassis no. DB51598R
1964 Aston Martin DB5 Sports Saloon  Chassis no. DB51598R
1964 Aston Martin DB5 Sports Saloon  Chassis no. DB51598R
1964 Aston Martin DB5 Sports Saloon  Chassis no. DB51598R
1964 Aston Martin DB5 Sports Saloon  Chassis no. DB51598R
1964 Aston Martin DB5 Sports Saloon  Chassis no. DB51598R
1964 Aston Martin DB5 Sports Saloon  Chassis no. DB51598R
1964 Aston Martin DB5 Sports Saloon  Chassis no. DB51598R
1964 Aston Martin DB5 Sports Saloon  Chassis no. DB51598R
1964 Aston Martin DB5 Sports Saloon  Chassis no. DB51598R
1964 Aston Martin DB5 Sports Saloon  Chassis no. DB51598R
1964 Aston Martin DB5 Sports Saloon  Chassis no. DB51598R
1964 Aston Martin DB5 Sports Saloon  Chassis no. DB51598R
1964 Aston Martin DB5 Sports Saloon  Chassis no. DB51598R
1964 Aston Martin DB5 Sports Saloon  Chassis no. DB51598R
1964 Aston Martin DB5 Sports Saloon  Chassis no. DB51598R
1964 Aston Martin DB5 Sports Saloon  Chassis no. DB51598R
1964 Aston Martin DB5 Sports Saloon  Chassis no. DB51598R
1964 Aston Martin DB5 Sports Saloon  Chassis no. DB51598R
1964 Aston Martin DB5 Sports Saloon  Chassis no. DB51598R
1964 Aston Martin DB5 Sports Saloon  Chassis no. DB51598R
1964 Aston Martin DB5 Sports Saloon  Chassis no. DB51598R
1964 Aston Martin DB5 Sports Saloon  Chassis no. DB51598R
1964 Aston Martin DB5 Sports Saloon  Chassis no. DB51598R
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