1964 Aston Martin DB5

Courtesy of Bonhams

Introduced in July 1963, the Aston Martin DB5 boasted a 4-liter engine, this enlarged unit having been seen first in the Lagonda Rapide of 1961. Equipped with three SU carburetors, the 400 engine produced 282 bhp at 5,500 rpm and was mated to a 4-speed/overdrive gearbox, a ZF 5-speed unit being standardized later.

The DB5’s distinctive cowled headlamps had first appeared on the DB4GT, and the newcomer was the same size as the lengthened, Series V DB4.

Outwardly there was little to distinguish the DB5 from the last of the DB4s, apart from twin fuel filler caps, although these had already appeared on some cars. Beneath the skin, however, there were numerous improvements, including alternator electrics, Girling disc brakes, Sundym glass, electric windows and an oil-pressure gauge as standard equipment.

Described by the private vendor as unmolested and in generally very good condition, this much-loved DB5 is offered with a V5 registration document, copy order form and restoration bill.

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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