The DB5 is one of few cars that needs no introduction. Made famous by the 1964 James Bond movie Goldfinger, the DB5 is considered by many to be the epitome of Aston Martin’s most famous era.
The Aston Martin DB5 is one of the most iconic classic cars and because of that a serious investment.
Nearly fifty years after its screen debut in 1963, the DB5 has left an indelible mark on popular culture. Due to the amazing impact James Bond had and and still has, the DB5 is a car which has to be part in almost every serious classic car collection.
In the late 1950s, Aston Martin was still a small, highly exclusive car manufacturer that produced less than 250 hand-built cars per year. Their clientele was an exclusive base of discerning connoisseurs of grand touring motor cars, many who were attracted to the company due to its successes in sports car racing.
The DB5 was costing roughly twice that of a new Jaguar E-type.
In 1963, Aston Martin introduced the DB5 at the Earl’s Court Motor Show in London. The design was similar to the DB4, but the six-cylinder engine displacement had been increased to 4-liters. It had three SU carburetors as standard equipment, with horsepower increased by 20 percent to 282 horsepower. Other refinements included twin fuel fillers, electric windows, and a highly tuned exhaust system. After just 50 units were built, the ZF five-speed gearbox became standard equipment.
Between 1963 and 1965, just 886 DB5s were produced, all of which received Touring’s superleggera (super light) bodywork.
Fast, luxurious, and elegant, it is easy to see why James Bond looked so at home in the Aston Martin DB5.
ABOUT THIS SPECIFIC EXAMPLE
A year before James debuted his silver spy saloon, the beautiful DB5 offered here was produced. According to the British Motor Industry Heritage Trust certificate on file, this specific example was delivered to Brooklands of Bond Street on 20 November 1963. Finished at a key point in DB5 development, this example was one of the first cars finished that were fitted with David Brown’s 5-speed ZF gearbox this had only become standard from chassis 1340.
The heritage certificate also records the original colours, Dawn Blue over dark blue upholstery – and the DB5 still retains this original and stunning colour scheme.
This specific Aston Martin was newly sold in London where it was delivered to it’s first owner at the 20th of November 1963 via Aston Martin dealer Brooklands of Bond Street.
The car was delivered according to the British Motor Industry Heritage Trust Factory record with registration mark JAM 748. This was changed in 1971 to UTK 786.
The Aston left the showroom in the same color scheme as it presents today. A beautiful Dawn Blue with a Dark Blue interior.
The sunroof which is in the car make the DB5 more special and much more usable on nice weather days.
Amongst the usability, the restorers are convinced that the sunroof has been installed when the car was newly delivered. Sunroofs were at the time installed in the factory after the car was built.
This DB5 arrived in Italy in 1988 and remained in the province of Cremona until 2012. The former owner bought the car in 2012 and started a very impressive restoration.
We have been able to purchase the DB5 recently and brought the car from the Bergamo/Italy area to Holland.
The car was in a very healthy condition when the restoration with the former owner started.
As described above, the Aston has been restored in it’s original delivery specification.
The result of the restoration/the condition nowadays is extremely beautiful/impressively nice. As always expected from the Italian craftmanship, it can be seen that this DB5 is very nicely restored with a close eye to correct details.
The body of the car is in a excellent condition. The body is extremely straight with a very beautiful deep paint. The interior has been re-trimmed with beautiful period correct leather as well as carpets. The headlining is still original and in as-new condition.
The engine bay is in an as-new condition as well. Extremely clean and beautiful and totally period correct. The engine shows it’s correct matching number.
From underneath, it seems that the car never drove after the restoration while it has been regularly used since completion. Luckily only on nice weather days so one can see that the restoration has been carried out from bottom to top.
An original British Motor Industry Heritage Trust certificate as well as pictures and invoices of the restoration are coming with the car.
The Aston Martin was the highlight of the December 2015 Ruoteclassiche magazine.
From Ruoteclassiche of December 2015, the Italian leading monthly magazine in the classic car sector.
In the magazine cover: ASTON MARTIN DB5, rarity in blue
Subtitle “Refined sportsmanship icon”
Title “His majesty in blue dress”
Information of interest contained in the article
Among the optional items you could order the folding Tudor-Webasto vinyl roof, produced in England on a German patent.
Precisely this accessory, not very popular at the time, distinguishes this DB5, prepared on the frame DB5/1350/ R on November 20, 1963, therefore between the first 100 examples produced, and characterized by an uncommon livery, Dawn Blue, combined with dark Blue coatings.
As optional items the car is also equipped with a Blaupunkt radio.
The DB5, registered JAM 748, remained in England until 1988, when it was brought to Italy to be sold to an entrepreneur from Cremona, a city on Po River, in northern Italy.
The gentleman used the DB5 a very little, and later having to move to South Africa in the early 90s gave the DB5 to a local garage where the DB5 remained for twenty years.
From the summer of 2013 the DB5 belonged to a gentleman, 58 years old, from Bergamo, an expert on DB5s that before this DB5 owned a silver one.
When in 2013 the gentleman bought the DB5 the paint was now matted and the leather of the seats severely cracked but the body was very healthy, the chrome was still in excellent condition and the mechanics, relatively underused, (the odometer marked less than 100,000 Miles) seemed to require only a good servicing.
At a first moment, he had thought for a conservative restoration, then the specialists he commissioned for the restoration advised him for complete restoration.
The bodywork works were carried out by Mr. Roberto Secchi, owner of the RS Car Classic of Sassuolo, Modena, while the mechanical works, which included the replacement of most of the suspension components and just a “maquillage” regarding the engine, were carried out by the Fratelli Colombo of Bareggio, Milan.
In total two years of restoration, which led to a result of the highest level.
A fantastic sound that makes you want to push the gas.
What is striking at first sight are the elegance and impeccable finishes.
A quarter turn of the contact key and immediately the sound of the fantastic Aston 6 cylinder. The brand-new stainless steel exhaust makes this sound striking.
The clutch is surprisingly light and the ZF gearbox has very soft and precise grafts, just the back gear might requires a little practice.
The seats are soft and guarantee a noticeable comfort for a touring car.
The plexiglass deflector of the Tudor-Webasto sunroof prevents the annoying turbulence in the passenger compartment, even at high speeds. Thanks to the special curvature of the windscreen, you can drive with the windows down without the air flow penetrating inside.
Increasing the speed you can appreciate the stability in the straight, due to the precision of the steering, and the roll not remarkable in the curve, virtue especially of the front stabilizer bar, clearly well sized.
The Girling disc brakes are very effective, whose “tropicalized” grippers stand out through the spoked wheels.