1964 Aston Martin DB5 4.2-Litre Sports Saloon

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Lot 25
1964 Aston Martin DB5 4.2-Litre Sports Saloon

Sold for £ 743,000 (US$ 971,238) inc. premium
1964 Aston Martin DB5 4.2-Litre Sports Saloon
Registration no. HMA 610C
Chassis no. DB5/1926/R

*One owner from 1964 to circa 1996
*ZF five-speed gearbox
*Recent repaint in original colour
*Original interior
*The most famous of all 'James Bond' Aston Martins

Footnotes

  • 'Like all classic GT cars, it combines enormous speed and 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 entirely been sacrificed to speed and elegant looks.' – Motor, 6th February 1963.

    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engine was still an all-alloy, twin-overhead-camshaft, six but the old W O Bentley supervised 3.0-litre unit had been superseded by a new design by Tadek Marek.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. Introduced in July 1963, the Aston Martin DB5 boasted a 4.0-litre engine, this enlarged unit having been seen first in the Lagonda Rapide of 1961. Equipped with three SU carburettors, the '400' engine produced 282bhp at 5,500rpm and was mated to a four-speed/overdrive gearbox, a 'proper' ZF five-speed unit being standardised later.

    The DB5's distinctive cowled headlamps had first appeared on the DB4GT and the newcomer was the same size as the lengthened, Series V DB4. Outwardly there was little to distinguish the DB5 from the last of the DB4s apart from twin fuel filler caps, though these had already appeared on some cars. Beneath the skin however, there were numerous improvements including alternator electrics, Girling disc brakes instead of Dunlops, Sundym glass, electric windows and an oil pressure gauge as standard equipment.

    From September 1964 the 314bhp, triple-Weber Vantage engine became available and was fitted to a total of 95 cars. 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 123 convertibles and 12 shooting brakes.

    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.

    Its accompanying BMIHT Certificate reveals that '1926/R' was manufactured on 22nd December 1964 and retailed via J Blake & Company, Liverpool. Its original colour scheme was Goodwood Green with beige trim, the same as it is today. Factory fitted equipment included chrome wheels, heated rear window, Motorola radio, powered aerial, and two Britax safety belts. According to the guarantee form, the Aston's first owner was one L J Grundon Esq (of Pylon Farm, Harefield, Middlesex). A letter on file dated May 1996 from Mr Grundon's son reveals that his father kept the Aston for some 30 years until his death, and states that from the late 1970s onwards the car was used less frequently partly due to his father's advancing years.

    Sold in 1996, the DB5 has been maintained by Aston Martin Lagonda and marque specialists Ian Mason and Nicholas Mee on behalf of subsequent owners, as evidenced by numerous invoices on file. Over the last 20 years the car has benefited from extensive mechanical restoration, which included rebuilding the original engine to 4.2-litre 'unleaded' specification; various suspension upgrades; braking system overhaul; and sundry other maintenance works, while all the time preserving its originality. More recently it has been repainted in its original exterior colour by classic-car restoration specialists, Thames Valley Repairs Limited, at a cost of over £12,000 (bills on file).

    Retaining the original interior, the owner states the DB5 is in superb driving condition and a delight in every respect. The extensive history file contains correspondence from its owners; numerous invoices for works carried out over the years; previous MoTs; and the aforementioned BMIHT Certificate.

    Aston Martin's association with the James Bond movie franchise commenced with the DB5, which has enjoyed an exalted status and continuing high demand ever since. Exceptional examples such as this one are rarely offered for sale.
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1964 Aston Martin DB5 4.2-Litre Sports Saloon
1964 Aston Martin DB5 4.2-Litre Sports Saloon
1964 Aston Martin DB5 4.2-Litre Sports Saloon
1964 Aston Martin DB5 4.2-Litre Sports Saloon
1964 Aston Martin DB5 4.2-Litre Sports Saloon
1964 Aston Martin DB5 4.2-Litre Sports Saloon
1964 Aston Martin DB5 4.2-Litre Sports Saloon
1964 Aston Martin DB5 4.2-Litre Sports Saloon
1964 Aston Martin DB5 4.2-Litre Sports Saloon
1964 Aston Martin DB5 4.2-Litre Sports Saloon
1964 Aston Martin DB5 4.2-Litre Sports Saloon
1964 Aston Martin DB5 4.2-Litre Sports Saloon
1964 Aston Martin DB5 4.2-Litre Sports Saloon
1964 Aston Martin DB5 4.2-Litre Sports Saloon
1964 Aston Martin DB5 4.2-Litre Sports Saloon
1964 Aston Martin DB5 4.2-Litre Sports Saloon
1964 Aston Martin DB5 4.2-Litre Sports Saloon
1964 Aston Martin DB5 4.2-Litre Sports Saloon
1964 Aston Martin DB5 4.2-Litre Sports Saloon
1964 Aston Martin DB5 4.2-Litre Sports Saloon
1964 Aston Martin DB5 4.2-Litre Sports Saloon
1964 Aston Martin DB5 4.2-Litre Sports Saloon
1964 Aston Martin DB5 4.2-Litre Sports Saloon
1964 Aston Martin DB5 4.2-Litre Sports Saloon
1964 Aston Martin DB5 4.2-Litre Sports Saloon
1964 Aston Martin DB5 4.2-Litre Sports Saloon
1964 Aston Martin DB5 4.2-Litre Sports Saloon
1964 Aston Martin DB5 4.2-Litre Sports Saloon
1964 Aston Martin DB5 4.2-Litre Sports Saloon
1964 Aston Martin DB5 4.2-Litre Sports Saloon
1964 Aston Martin DB5 4.2-Litre Sports Saloon
1964 Aston Martin DB5 4.2-Litre Sports Saloon
1964 Aston Martin DB5 4.2-Litre Sports Saloon
1964 Aston Martin DB5 4.2-Litre Sports Saloon
1964 Aston Martin DB5 4.2-Litre Sports Saloon
1964 Aston Martin DB5 4.2-Litre Sports Saloon
1964 Aston Martin DB5 4.2-Litre Sports Saloon
1964 Aston Martin DB5 4.2-Litre Sports Saloon
1964 Aston Martin DB5 4.2-Litre Sports Saloon
1964 Aston Martin DB5 4.2-Litre Sports Saloon
1964 Aston Martin DB5 4.2-Litre Sports Saloon
1964 Aston Martin DB5 4.2-Litre Sports Saloon
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