1963→1965 Aston Martin DB5
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.
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|submitted by||Richard Owen|
|type||Series Production Car|
|production years||1963 – 1965|
|price $||$ 12,995|
|displacement||3995 cc / 243.8 in³|
|bore||96.01 mm / 3.78 in|
|stroke||91.9 mm / 3.62 in|
|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|
|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|
|gear ratios||2.73:1, 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|
Auction Sales History
1965 Aston Martin DB5/1990/L – did not sell for $800,000 Complete cosmetic restoration in 1990, including a hand-stripped bare-metal repaint to its current Sage Green color, and a complete restoration of the leather and interior in Tan Connolly leather. Additionally, all chrome was replated to concours levels.
Auction Source: ‘Rolling Sculpture’ 2015 NYC by Keno Brothers
The vendor has told us that the car has been rigorously maintained, mechanically, to ensure the highest level of performance.
Auction Source: Rétromobile 2015 by Artcurial Motorcars
Auction Source: 2015 Paris by RM Auctions
Auction Source: 2014 Pebble Beach Auctions by Gooding & Company
Auction Source: 2014 Monterey by RM Auctions
Auction Source: 2013 Quail Lodge Auction by Bonhams
Auction Source: Gooding & Company’s 10th Anniversary 2013 Pebble Beach Auction
1965 Aston Martin DB5 DB5/2098/R – sold for $363,000 One of Just 886 DB5 Coupes Produced. Elegant Sierra Blue Metallic with Dark Blue Leather Interior. Imported from the UK Circa 1980. An Attractive Example of the Most Famous Aston Model.
Auction Source: The 2013 Amelia Island Auction by Gooding & Company
Auction Source: 2012 Pebble Beach Auctions by Gooding & Company
Auction Source: Monaco 2012 by RM Auctions
1965 Aston Martin DB5/1990/L – sold for $687,500 One of Only 886 DB5s. Originally Delivered to New York City. Matching-Numbers, Factory Left-Hand-Drive Example. Continuously Maintained Show-Quality Restoration. AMOC Concours Award Winner. Offered with Tools and Instruction Book. * A Superb Example of the Most Famous Aston Martin GT
Auction Source: 2011 Pebble Beach Auctions by Gooding & Company
Auction Source: 2010 Automobiles of London by RM Auctions
Auction Source: 2009 RM Auctions Sports & Classics of Monterey