1964→1965 Aston Martin DB5 Vantage

In September of 1964 the DB5 Vantage prototype, DP217, was revealed with triple Weber twin-choke, sidedraft carburetors and a 5-speed transmission. Aston Martin quoted peak power at 325 bhp at 5,750 rpm which was 40 more than the standard-specification DB5.

Other minor upgrades specific to Vantage included new intake manifolds, larger intake ports in the cylinder head and different ignition timing. A cuum reservoir was also added to the brake booster.

Only 65 of the DB5 coupes were fitted with the 325 bhp Vantage package of 898 total coupes. Seven very rare Vantage Convertibles were also produced.

In Detail

submitted by Richard Owen
type Series Production Car
production years 1964 – 1965
built at England
production 65
engine Inline-6
valvetrain DOHC
displacement 3995 cc / 243.8 in³
bore 96.01 mm / 3.78 in
stroke 91.9 mm / 3.62 in
compression 8.9:1
power 210.3 kw / 282.0 bhp @ 5500 rpm
specific output 70.59 bhp per litre
bhp/weight 192.36 bhp per tonne
torque 379.6 nm / 280.0 ft lbs @ 4500 rpm
driven wheels RWD
front brakes Discs
rear brakes Discs
steering Rack & Pinion
f suspension A-Arms w/Coil Springs, Anti-Roll Bar
r suspension Live Axle w/Watts Link, Trailing Links, Coil Springs
curb weight 1466 kg / 3233 lbs
wheelbase 2489 mm / 98.0 in
front track 1377 mm / 54.2 in
rear track 1359 mm / 53.5 in
length 4572 mm / 180.0 in
width 1676 mm / 66.0 in
height 1321 mm / 52.0 in
transmission 5-Speed Manual
gear ratios 2.73:1, 1.76:1, 1.23:1, 1.00:1, 0.83:1
0 – 60 mph ~6.5 seconds

Auction Sales History

1964→1965 Aston Martin DB5 Vantage

1965 Aston Martin DB5 Vantage DB5-2027-L

One of only 65 Vantage DB5s built, chassis no. 2027/L, the stunning car presented here, is rarer yet in left-hand drive with factory air conditioning (known as the Normalair option) and is therefore perhaps one of only about ten cars with this desirable specification. A copy of the British Motor Industry Heritage Trust certificate confirms the car was delivered new with all these features.

Auction Source: 2010 RM Auctions Sporting Classics of Monaco