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1964 Aston Martin DB5 Coupé
Right Hand Drive, UK Supplied. Chassis No DB5/1531/R
The Aston Martin DB5 is regarded by most Aston Martin experts “as the most beautiful model of the period: The model replaced the DB4 series in 1963 with some substantial changes, notably under the bonnet. The 6 cylinder engine capacity was enlarged to 4 litres, propelling the car to 145 mph (233 km/h). Significant too was the introduction of a full synchromesh ZF manual gearbox and Electric Overdrive and 15” wheels and Girling disc brakes. Standard equipment on the DB5 included reclining seats, wool pile carpets, electric windows, twin fuel tanks, oil cooler, magnesium-alloy body built to the Superleggera patent technique, full leather trim in the cabin and even a fire extinguisher!
The DB5 is famous all over the world for being the first and most recognised cinematic James Bond car! The Aston Martin has been featured in several of the James Bond films notably Goldfinger, Thunderball, Golden Eye, Tomorrow Never Dies, and Casino Royale.
# DB5/1531/R was first delivered on the 26th May 1964 to Mr R.W Faulker of Waterlooville, Hampshire. The car was commissioned to be built in Dubonnet Rosso with Black Hide interior; as per the current specification today. The factory works service sheets details Mr Faulkner must have enjoyed his car greatly, since a service bill from June 1968, at 60,332 miles, included a complete mechanical overhaul. The cylinder head was rebuilt, as were the carburettors; the transmission was cleaned and received a new rear seal, the brakes were completely rebuilt, including a new master cylinder, new engine mounts were fitted, and the rear axle was replaced, as were the radius arm and roll bar bushings and steering arm gaiter. Mr Faulkner kept DB5/1531/R for a further nine years before selling it to D.G. Stevens of Oxford on 1 June, 1977. In March 1979 the vehicle was acquired by Stephen Bamford .
Bamford a very well know Aston Martin racing driver had a very successful racing career, which continued until at least 2008 and collected over 140 trophies, many of them driving in Aston Martins. He is best known for his association with Four Ashes Garage’s DB2” MYT 625”; Bamford also drove DB5/1531/R in various AMOC events between 1975 and May 1983 culminating in race wins at Wiscombe and Loton Park. We understand from various records that whilst in the ownership of Stephen Bamford the car was upgraded to Vantage specification (400/ 1776/V) as per GT engine specification. The original engine block is also supplied with the car.
The previous owner had maintained DB5/1531/R conscientiously for a number of years when he commissioned the comprehensive body-off restoration, which has just been completed. The car has remained in its original build specification of Dubonnet Rosso with contrasting Black Hide interior. In the course of stripping the car down for a rotisserie rebuild, all aluminium body work was separated from the steel frame to prevent future corrosion, and the framework and body were primed with 2K epoxy primer coating before the final finishes were applied. We also understand that the “Vantage “specification engine has been further enhanced by a high-compression cylinder head by R.S. Williams with the car producing some 300 bhp.
With its extraordinary attention to detail, the restoration of DB5/1531/R is accompanied by a historical chassis containing:
Factory build sheets
Original Vehicle Registration Document (Issue 1979)
Original EU Title Documents from 1983.
Archive of approximately 1,000 photographs, detailing exactly what was done and illustrating both the parts and the sequence of assembly.
The combination of known ownership, exciting competition history and an exacting restoration ensures that the new owner will have any number of avenues available to enjoy the purchase of this indisputable icon of performance and elegance. Our DB5 presents and drives like only a car that has been well maintained, concours restoration; a true Grand Touring car is now available for immediate inspection at our central London showrooms.
Sold on the 28.11.2012
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