1963→1965 Aston Martin DB5 Convertible
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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.
Chassis & Sales
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
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
1965 Aston Martin DB5 Convertible DB5/C/1920/L - sold for €1,897,500
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, havi... read more
Auction Source: 2015 Les Grandes Marques du Monde au Grand Palais
1964 Aston Martin DB5 Convertible DB5C/1285/R - did not sell for €337,214
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... read more
Auction Source: 2010 Automobiles of London by RM Auctions