1965 Aston Martin DB5

“Opinions vary greatly-and inevitably-on which is the ‘best’ of the new breed of Aston Martins. Sir David Brown puts his money on the DB5.”-Geoff Courtney, The Power Behind Aston Martin

The DB5 arrived in the autumn of 1963, essentially a positive development of the Series V DB4, sharing its classic Superleggera body construction devised by Touring of Milan. It was distinguished primarily by its larger, more powerful 4-liter version of the DB4 straight-6 unit, with triple SU carburetors (as standard) replacing the twin-carb setup from the original DB4. At 282 hp, the DB5 was good for 0 to 60 mph in 8.1 seconds, with a top speed of 141 mph. After approximately the first 50 cars, the DB5 was upgraded with the sturdy, all-synchromesh, German-built ZF 5-speed gearbox as standard equipment, in place of the David Brown-produced 4-speed. The DB5 maintained the 98-inch wheelbase, pressed steel platform chassis, and the choice of four-seat coupe or convertible bodies of its predecessor.

The 15-inch wheels and wider track introduced with the Series V DB4 were retained, the Dunlop disc brakes were replaced with the arguably better Girling, and the suspension was significantly redeveloped with the front now adjustable for camber and the addition of Armstrong Selectaride dampers. No fewer than 170 detail modifications completed the transformation from the DB4 to the DB5. While it was produced for just over 24 months, the model became one of the most famous of all Aston Martins-and arguably the most famous car of all time-as it achieved international star status as British super-spy James Bond’s gadget-laden car in the Hollywood blockbuster “Goldfinger,” followed by a reprise appearance in “Thunderball.”

Chassis DB51989R was delivered new on March 29, 1965, to its first owner, a Mr. K.G.D. Crowhurst of Hounslow (within a stone’s throw of Heathrow Airport), Middlesex, U.K. While most of its subsequent history is unknown, the car received a full restoration by Kevin Kay Restorations of Redding, California, completed in 2002. During the process, the DB5 was converted to left-hand drive. The work carried out on the body, the “perfect for the car” Aston Martin Racing Green finish, engine rebuild, and chassis detailing were all conducted to the highest professional standard. The interior, completed by Dave Adams of Lake Oswego Restorations of Portland, Oregon, is likewise also very impressive, featuring tan Connolly hides and Wilton wool carpeting. Other very desirable features include correct, genuine Talbot side mirrors, as well as a period Blaupunkt radio

Paul Hardiman

Paul Hardiman - SCM Senior Auction Analyst

Paul is descended from engineers and horse thieves, so he naturally gravitated toward the old-car marketplace and still finds fascination in the simpler things in life: looking for spot-weld dimples under an E-type tail, or counting the head-studs on a supposed Mini-Cooper engine. His motoring heroes are Roger Clark, Burt Levy, Henry Royce and Smokey Yunick — and all he wants for next Christmas is an Alvis Stalwart complete with picnic table in the back and a lake big enough to play in.

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