1963→1965 Aston Martin DB5 Convertible

Perhaps the most famous Aston Martin because of the specially equipped silver birch DB5 that starred in the James Bond films “Goldfinger” and “Thunderball”. The DB5 made a comeback to the big screen in the 1995 film “GoldenEye”.

Regarded by many as the most beautiful Aston Martin produced, DB5 shares many similar traits to DB4. However, DB5’s most substantial change occurred under the bonnet. The 6 cylinder engine increased its capacity to 4 litres by increasing the bore to 96mm. Significant too was the introduction of a true full synchromesh ZF 5 speed gearbox. Other chassis changes included the adoption of the Girling disc brakes that had only been used on the DB4GT, and 15” wheels.

A convertible was also offered and was available with a steel hard top with an exceptionally large rear window.

In Detail

submitted byRichard Owen
typeSeries Production Car
production years1963 – 1965
built atEngland
price £/td>£4,490
displacement3995 cc / 243.8 in³
bore96.01 mm / 3.78 in
stroke91.9 mm / 3.62 in
power210.3 kw / 282.0 bhp @ 5500 rpm
specific output70.59 bhp per litre
bhp/weight192.36 bhp per tonne
torque379.6 nm / 280.0 ft lbs @ 4500 rpm
driven wheelsRWD
front brakesDiscs
rear brakesDiscs
steeringRack & Pinion
f suspensionA-Arms w/Coil Springs, Anti-Roll Bar
r suspensionLive Axle w/Watts Link, Trailing Links, Coil Springs
curb weight1466 kg / 3233 lbs
wheelbase2489 mm / 98.0 in
front track1377 mm / 54.2 in
rear track1359 mm / 53.5 in
length4572 mm / 180.0 in
width1676 mm / 66.0 in
height1321 mm / 52.0 in
transmission5-Speed Manual
gear ratios2.73:1, 1.76:1, 1.23:1, 1.00:1, 0.83:1
top speed~228.48 kph / 142 mph
0 – 60 mph~7.5 seconds
0 – 100 mph~20.2 seconds
0 – 1/4 mile~16.2 seconds

Chassis & Sales

1963→1965 Aston Martin DB5 Convertible

DB5/C/1911/R-Delivered new to a Dr. Fraser in 1965, finished in Silver Birch with a black convertible hood and burgundy hides. Largely original, re-painted to its original colour and installed a new black mohair convertible hood. Offered at RM Auctions’ Automobiles of London sale and did not sell with a high bid of £355,000.

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Auction Sales History

1963→1965 Aston Martin DB5 Convertible


1965 Aston Martin DB5 Convertible DB5C/2112/R – sold for $1,540,000 . Delivered New to Hollywood Screenwriter Bill Manhoff. Originally ordered with detachable headrests, a Blaupunkt-Köln radio, Fiamm horns with changeover switch, and Britax safety belts. 29,000-Mile Example with Matching-Numbers Engine. Offered with Instruction Book, Tool Roll, and Rare Continental Parts Kit.
Auction Source: The Pebble Beach Auctions 2015 by Gooding and Company
1963→1965 Aston Martin DB5 Convertible

1965 Aston Martin DB5 Convertible DB5/C/1920/L

One of the 39 examples produced in left hand drive. Delivered new to the USA, ‘DB5/C/1920/L’ was purchased new by Charline Breeden, heiress to the Boettcher fortune. Originally finished in Goodwood Green with beige Connolly hide interior. Normalair air conditioning, a Bosch Koln radio, tan Everflex tonneau cover, chromed wire wheels and 3-ear hubcaps as factory fitted non-standard equipment. Today, the car is in generally excellent order, having covered only some 23,000 miles from new.

Auction Source: 2015 Les Grandes Marques du Monde au Grand Palais

1963→1965 Aston Martin DB5 Convertible

1964 Aston Martin DB5 Convertible DB5C/1285/R

The stunning right-hand drive DB5 Convertible pictured here was purchased new by Cavendish Shop & Business Properties Ltd. and delivered new on 16th April, 1964. It was the 27th DB5 Convertible built, originally finished in Platinum with dark blue Connolly leather and a navy blue Duracol hood. The only non-standard feature was chrome wire wheels. Registered on number AUC 565B, the car was fitted with triple SU carburettors and a manual gearbox.
Auction Source: 2010 Automobiles of London by RM Auctions