1965 Aston Martin DB5<br />  Chassis no. DB5/2269/L<br /> Engine no.  400/2294

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1965 Aston Martin DB5
Coachwork by Touring

Sold for US$ 874,000 inc. premium
1965 Aston Martin DB5
Coachwork by Touring

Chassis no. DB5/2269/L
Engine no. 400/2294

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

*Just 2 owners from new
*Award winner at the 2015 Amelia Island Concours
*Breathtakingly restored example
*Truly iconic model; James Bond's preferred Aston Martin


THE ASTON MARTIN DB5

"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 Carrozzeria Touring of Milan-designed body established an instantly recognizable 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engine was still an all-alloy, twin-overhead-camshaft, six but the old W O Bentley supervised 3.0-liter unit had been superseded by a new design by Tadek Marek.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 aluminum 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-liter engine, this enlarged unit having been seen first in the Lagonda Rapide of 1961. Equipped with three SU carburetors, the '400' engine produced 282bhp at 5,500rpm and was mated to a four-speed/overdrive gearbox, a 'proper' ZF five-speed unit being standardized 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, and a slimmer bonnet scoop. 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, the 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 MOTORCAR OFFERED

The spectacularly well-presented Aston Martin DB5 presented here was ordered new to the city of Chicago and delivered to a Mr. Peter Baraban Junior. Originally finished in the vibrant color of Fiesta Red, the interior features the more subdued and traditional black Connolly leather. Shown on the build sheet are a number of particular non-standard equipment items including a Normalair air conditioner, a Bosch Koln TR radio with power antenna, heated rear screen, 3.73 limited slip differential, engine breather valve scheme, chrome wheels, and lastly a Borg Warner automatic transmission.

Unlike many other Astons from the period originally fitted with auto boxes, this example has retained its original transmission unit from the very beginning and therefore has not followed many other examples down the manual transmission swap path. As a result, the DB5 on offer presents as an exception and surely adds desirability due the rarity of non-converted cars. In addition, the later build date benefits this DB5 as it features the improved Model 8 transmission which is known to be a marked improvement over the earlier DG models. The combination of the automatic and limited slip were likely optioned out of necessity to handle the notoriously slippy northern Illinois fall and winters.

After having been in the possession of Mr. Baraban for a number of years, the car was sold in 1970 to the family which owns the car to this day. The car would be used sparingly over the next several decades as evidenced by the sub-35,000 miles present on the odometer. In 2008, the owner decided to restore the Aston Martin to truly spectacular condition with no expense spared. At this time, the car showed in fair condition with signs of wear present from the decades of street driving but it was free from indications of any abuse. In all, the DB5 began as a fantastic restoration candidate. A plethora of documentation available to interested parties illustrates the lengths the teams of specialists went through to bring this DB5 up to the level it shows today. Invoices account the thousands of dollars-worth of work conducted to rehabilitate the foundations of the vehicle down to the bare chassis tubes. However, the work did not stop there and continued onto every other facet of the vehicle. Further invoices show additional thousands of dollars of engine work. Parts were sourced from the U.K. firm of Richard Stewart Williams Limited of Surrey, England and shipped back to the Midwest. Once arrived, Barry Sale of PHP Racengines Inc in Wauconda, Illinois completed the engine build and tuning work. The rebuilt motor was later placed on a dyno and the results of this test running will be available within the assembled history file. Coachtrim LLC of Danbury, Connecticut was charged with finishing the interior, and much like the other jobs, thousands of dollars of work are represented on the invoice. The Finishing Touch Inc of Chicago, which has provided the chrome for multiple Amelia Island and Pebble Beach winners, also did the chrome work on this car.

As one can see in the images shown here on the page, this Aston Martin DB5 has been finished to an incredible standard. Resplendent in its new Silver Birch exterior, this deeply complex paint is best viewed on a bright sunny day when the light allows the subtle green shades to glisten. The result of the restoration is a feast for the senses from the rich smell of the Connolly leather to the delicate grain on the wood steering wheel, and the 4 Liter Inline six cylinder wails in a symphony of exploding hydrocarbons. Even the air conditioning has been recently checked, holds pressure, and blows cold air. This example truly belongs amongst some of the finest DB5 available.

Since the completion of the restoration in 2013, the Aston has been sparingly used by its owner. The car was transported to the Amelia Island Concours d' Elegance in 2015 where its status was affirmed as an award winner and its trophy will be included upon purchase, as will both the rare DB5 workshop manual and parts manual. Moreover, the quality of the restoration is evident from the car's flawless completion of the Amelia Island Eight Flags Road Tour, and the ribbon evidencing this is also included with the purchase.

A bona fide automotive great, the Aston Martin DB5 remains as one of the most coveted vehicles for anyone bitten by the motoring bug. Its status as Mr. Bond's personal transportation, gorgeous Touring Superleggera lines, and raspy inline-6 makes for one of the most complete packages in the hobby. A fine example such as this will surely find itself well cherished within the confines of its next collection.

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