1965 Aston Martin DB5

Summary

  • Year of manufacture 
    1965
  • Mileage 
    2 157 mi / 3 472 km
  • Car type 
    Other
  • Chassis number 
    DB5/2149/R
  • Engine number 
    400/2143
  • Lot number 
    428
  • Drive 
    RHD
  • Condition 
    Used
  • Exterior brand colour 
    California Sage Green
  • Number of seats 
    2
  • Location
  • Exterior colour 
    Other
  • Gearbox 
    Manual
  • Drivetrain 
    2wd
  • Fuel type 
    Petrol

Description

One of the most iconic and coveted of all British sports carsA matching-numbers, UK-supplied, manual gearboxcarin simply superb condition Meticulously restored by marque specialists Goldsmith & Young Ltdjust over 2,000 miles agoNow resplendent in beautiful California Sage Green paintwork with a Biscuit leather interiorOn offerfrom a private collection of fastidiously maintained and correctly stored classicsAn exceptional example from Aston's finest hourNot merely the best-known model produced by Aston Martin, the DB5 saloon (as the factory called it for tax purposes) is generally regarded as one of the most famous cars ever built by any marque. Introduced at the 1963 Earls Court Motor Show, the DB5 was an obvious extension of the DB4, featuring similar Touring-designed coachwork and an enlarged 4-litre update of Tadek Mareks race-engineered aluminium engine.With 170 improvements over the preceding model, the DB5 was undoubtedly a superior drivers car, and the company landed one of historys most famous marketing coups when the DB5 was chosen as 'superspy' James Bonds transport for the 1965 film Goldfinger. With a modest production of 1,021 examples built through 1965, the DB5 has evolved into the marques most timeless classic, appealing to dedicated enthusiasts and casual observers alike.The car presented here is a UK-supplied, right-hand drive 1965 Aston Martin DB5 and is in simply exceptional condition, being one of the best examples of its type we have ever offered for sale. Originally supplied throughHWM on 4/06/1965 to its first owner, a Mr Cecil Lewis Esq of Harley House, Marylebone Road, in London, the original build sheet (copy in history file) confirms that the car was supplied new in Sera Blue coachwork, with Blue Hide. Early factory records indicate the car was driven regularly with the mileage recorded at 7,444 miles during a visit in July 1966 and by October 1969 that had increased to20,348.The car was used and maintained regularly throughout the majority of its life, before being entrusted in 2008 to marque specialists, Goldsmith & Young Ltd. of Wiltshire, for a comprehensive, fully-documented body-off, nut andbolt restoration. The quality of the project speaks for itself, with all works being completed in early 2011, and the Astonis now resplendent in, arguably the most beautiful of all Aston colours, California Sage. The original engine was fully rebuilt to 4.2-litre unleaded specification and returned to a triple SU carburettor set-up (previously it hadbeen converted to Vantage specification with Weber carburettors). The suspension was uprated, with a thicker anti-roll bar and a telescopic rear shock-absorber conversion, whilst an aluminium radiator was also fitted.Since the restoration, the car has only covered just over 2,000 miles and is being sold from a private collection of similar quality examples, where they are professionally maintained and stored. Our vendor has recently commissioned various works to the car, including a new Borg & Beck clutch, a modified flywheel, a specialist coating on the manifolds and returningthe cam covers to their original finish.This beautifully presented and well-documented, matching-numbers DB5 has been professionally restored to a very high standard and is ready for immediate use byits next fortunateowner.