The Aston Martin DB5 epitomized the success of the company’s mission to produce a world-class GT sports coupe with the English gentleman in mind.
The car was hand built and improved upon the advanced engineering that began with its groundbreaking predecessor, the DB4.
Superior materials were used in manufacture, such as aluminum-alloy body panels mounted over a skeleton of small-diameter tubing, which was patented by Touring of Milan as Superleggera construction.
Its race-proven engine was also made of aluminum, including both the block and its twin-cam hemispherical cylinder head. Then, of course, the interior was upholstered in the finest Connolly leather, which was complemented by deep-pile Wilton carpets.
There was a certain innocence to product placement in the early sixties. Incorporating a brand or product into a movie probably just seemed like a good idea at the time.
Eon Productions – having been spurned by Jaguar – turned their attentions to Aston Martin to provide the ‘daily driver’ for MI6 agent, James Bond… the rest is more than just history.
The 1964 Bond film, ‘Goldfinger’, made the DB5 one of the most famous cars of all time. Unsurprising as what man wouldn’t want to drive a beautiful car and imagine themselves as a wayward secret agent and all round ladies man.
With the DB5 being resurrected in the latest James Bond movie ‘Skyfall’ it has further cemented the DB5’s significance in both cult history and also in motoring history.
Not since the introduction of the E-type had the industry seen the glamour for such a car by royalty, rock stars, celebrities and the like.
ABOUT THIS SPECIFIC EXAMPLE
This beautiful restored Aston Martin DB5 is an original right hand drive example. It was newly delivered in the UK via HWM on the 4th. Of June 1965.
The first owner who took delivery of the car was a Mr. Cecil Lewis of Harley House, London.
The first owner used the car regularly as can be seen on copies of the original build sheet of the car. 4 years after delivery the DDB5 drove almost 21.000 miles.
The car has always been maintained regularly and in 2008 the DB5 was brought to Aston Martin restoration specialist Goldsmith and Young.
A company in the Wiltshire, United Kingdom, with a long history of restoring high value and unusual vehicles, mainly Aston Martin.
The Aston received an impressive comprehensive, fully-documented restoration.
The quality of the project speaks for itself, with all works being completed in early 2011.
In 2011 the car was ready although it seems that the restoration was finished only 1 year ago. The car still is in a beautiful fresh restored condition.
During the restoration the engine was completely rebuilt and upgraded to 4.2 specification.
The suspension was uprated, with a thicker anti-roll bar and a telescopic rear shock-absorber conversion, whilst an aluminium radiator was also fitted.
Other improvements have resulted in 1 of the best driving DB5’s we have offered for sale.
The former owner has recently commissioned various works to the car, including a new Borg & Beck clutch, a modified flywheel, a specialist coating on the manifolds and returning the cam covers to their original finish.
An electric power steering (which can be taken off without any damages to the originality) has also been recently installed by EZ power steering in the Netherlands.
When driving this Aston Martin, the response on the street is fantastic. It seems as everybody becomes a classic car enthusiast as many people show their enthusiasm about the car. This is not strange because the looks of the DB5 are so fabulous.
Because of the impressive restoration the appearance of the car is magnificent.
The California sage color let the car speak and make the car even more attractive then the standard Silver which is sprayed on most DB5’s.
The paint gloss is excellent and beautifully deep like a mirror. The body details such as the door, bonnet and boot gaps are excellent.
The windows have also been replaced during the restoration resulting in beautiful glass without signs of use.
No money has been saved during the restoration so also the rubber surroundings in the door and around the windows are all in new condition.
Headlights and lenses are also restored even as all the chrome.
The body restoration at Aston Martin heritage, the Aston looks superb. All the linings/doorfittings are excellent.
The chrome is excellent, even as all the windows.
The interior of the Aston is like the exterior and the rest of the car extremely beautiful restored.
The seats have been wonderful re-trimmed on a period correct way. The quality of the leather as well as the color of the leather is very nice and suits extremely well the exterior color.
The green carpets are beautiful and well finished with a nice leather piping.
The headlining is also period correct and fully restored.
The complete dashboard has been restored including all meters and gauges which are all in perfect functioning order.
The smell by opening the door is fabulous and typically english. A typical Connolly leather smell is reaching the nose immediately and this smell starts immediately the emotion of driving and using the DB5.
The world of classic cars is massive, with vehicles to suit any purpose, but the Aston Martin DB5 is a rare example of a grand tourer that manages to be both beautiful and well-suited to nearly any task.
This Aston Martin DB5 is a truly iconic British Sports car whichever you look at it and with comprehensive history file and heritage certificate to match is a very rare thing.
This specific DB5 is an absolute superb looking example but the car is also driving as one of the best examples we traded.
The power of the engine is fabulous and the handling is superb. The car responses immediately on the steering wheel as well as on the pedals.
Gear shifting goes very smoothly and the car offers a very comfortable ride on the motorway but certainly also on small historical roads when it is possible to race a bit.
So amongst the fabulous looks of the Aston Martin DB5 it is also a superb driving example.