The DB5 launched in 1963 as the company’s flagship grand tourer, the powerful, accomplished, and stylistically crisp modern revision of the DB4 instantly became an object of desire. A hugely appealing machine in its own right, interest in Newport Pagnell’s most expensive model went stratospheric with an unforgettable appearance in the 1964 box office smash Goldfinger. But the DB5 was so much more than a handsome film prop.
Based on the outgoing DB4’s 98-inch-wheelbase chassis, the DB5 boasted nearly 170 updates and modifications, including the attractive competition-style covered headlights borrowed from the DB4GT. Mechanical updates to the running gear included a redesign of the suspension, with the front now adjusted for camber, and Armstrong Selectaride shock absorbers added in the rear. All four corners were equipped with servo-assisted Girling disc brakes.
The most notable advancement was the new 4.0-litre inline six-cylinder engine, an enlarged version of the DB4’s all-aluminium, dual overhead camshaft unit, breathing through three SU carburettors as on the previous DB4 Vantage. The inline six produced 282 horsepower. The larger engine also provided some 40 ft lb of additional torque, making the car more responsive in the lower rev range. When coupled to the fully synchromesh ZF five-speed manual overdrive transmission, the result was a true driver’s car that was swift, surefooted, and comfortable.
The car we are thrilled to offer for sale is a RHD, U.K. supplied example, first delivered on the 9th June, 1964 by Brooklands of London to a Mr David L Shaw of Buckinghamshire. Its factory build sheet confirms the car to be finished in California Sage Green over a Black Conolly leather interior.
It has remained in the U.K. its entire life and has been very well cared for by a small handful of owners. The car was enjoyed in long-term ownership between the years 1985 and 2014 where it had just two owners for 15 and 13 years respectively.
In 2015, the car was treated to a full restoration with Aston Martin specialists, Pugsley & Lewis. It sits today in sublime condition throughout with the benefit of a full bare metal repaint in its original Californian Sage as well as a re-trim of all Wilton carpeting in line with the original specification. Pugsley & Lewis also carried out a comprehensive mechanical overhaul to the car, including a new clutch as well as detailed engine and chassis works. Finally, the car was fitted with new 72 Spoke Chrome Wire wheels and new Radial tyres all round.
The car maintains an extensive history file with invoices from the recent restoration, a certificate from the British Motor Industry Heritage Trust and a copy of the factory build sheet, confirming the original specification and delivery of the vehicle. It also upholds continuous servicing records, MOT certificates and tax discs from the mid 1980s through to the present date. This car represents a superb opportunity to acquire a beautiful, restored example of Aston Martin’s iconic grand tourer. Contact us now for more information or to arrange a viewing.