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1963→1965 Aston Martin DB5

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.

Story by Aston Martin Lagonda Limited

In Detail

submitted by Richard Owen
type Series Production Car
production years 1963 – 1965
built at England
production 886
price $ $ 12,995
price £/td> £4,175
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
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


1965 Aston Martin DB5 DB5/2052R

The car presented dates from 1965, the last year of production for this model. A right-hand drive example, it was delivered new to the garage J. Blake and Company Limited in Liverpool with certain options including Marchal fog lamps, special Fiamm horn and heated rear windscreen. This splendid DB5 was converted to left-hand drive some years ago. It has been beautifully repainted in its original colour, ” Goodwood green “, and has a new windscreen and five new wire wheels and tyres. The tan leather interior is original, and the carpets are new. The car comes with a toolkit and logbook.
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

1964 Aston Martin DB5 DB5/1741/L – sold for €840,000 Matching-numbers example; only three owners from new. Original documentation included; parts catalogue and instruction book. Rare factory left-hand drive model, one of fewer than 35 built with factory air-conditioning.
Auction Source: 2015 Paris by RM Auctions
1964 Aston Martin DB5 DB5/1469/L – sold for $1,485,000 A Factory Left-Hand-Drive Example. Spectacular Original Color Combination. One of Only 886 DB5 Saloons Built. Eligible for Leading Tours, AMOC Events, and Concours. A Beautiful Example of the Most-Recognized Aston Martin GT.
Auction Source: 2014 Pebble Beach Auctions by Gooding & Company
1964 Aston Martin DB5/1466/L – sold for $880,000 Formerly of the Bob Pond Collection. A wonderfully drivable example. Originally delivered in Paris and in left-hand drive. Recent mechanical and cosmetic freshening by Aston Martin specialists.
Auction Source: 2014 Monterey by RM Auctions
1965 Aston Martin DB5 DB5/2270/L – sold for $1,650,000 Factory left-hand-drive, matching-numbers, late-production example. Extremely rare factory air conditioning. Vantage-specification engine rebuilt by top marque specialists. Fully equipped from new, with exceptional accessories. Includes rare Continental touring kit, original tool roll, and owner’s handbook. Recently completed comprehensive cosmetic restoration by Kevin Kay Restorations.
Auction Source: 2014 Monterey by RM Auctions
1965 Aston Martin DB5 DB5/1965/R – sold for $550,000 Documented three owners from new; current ownership since 1977. Comprehensive restoration completed in 2007, with charming original interior. Matching numbers. Aston Martin’s most iconic model.
Auction Source: 2014 Arizona by RM Auctions
Aston Martin DB5 Sports Saloon DB5/1941/R – sold for $605,000 Truly iconic model; James Bond’s preferred Aston Martin. Offered with copy of factory build sheet. Professional conversion by Aston Martin Heritage agent to left hand drive. Comprehensively restored years ago and still presents very well. UK delivery example.
Auction Source: 2013 Quail Lodge Auction by Bonhams
1965 Aston Martin DB5 DB5/2227/L – sold for $715,000 One of Only 886 DB5 Saloons Built. Matching-Numbers, Factory Left-Hand-Drive Example. Originally Supplied with Normalair Air-Conditioning. One of Only 30 Such Examples Delivered in Silver Birch. Genuine California Car Last Registered in 1979. Marvelous Character and Patina. Ideal Candidate for a Concours-Quality Restoration. An Exciting Aston Martin Discovery.
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


1964 Aston Martin DB5/1469/L – sold for $748,000 Matching-Numbers, Factory Left-Hand- Drive Example. Spectacular Original Color Combination. Delivered New to Swiss Importer Garage Hubert Patthey. One of Only 886 DB5 Saloons Built. Eligible for Leading Tours, AMOC Events and Concours. Offered with Tools, DB5 Instruction Book and Build Record. A Beautiful Example of the Most Recognized Aston Martin GT.
Auction Source: 2012 Pebble Beach Auctions by Gooding & Company
1965 Aston Martin DB5 Saloon DB5/2207/R – sold for €313,600 Desirable late-production example; matching numbers engine, unleaded fuel conversion. Restored from 2010–2011 and well maintained. Recently serviced by Aston Martin Works Service, Newport Pagnell. Comprehensive documentation file, with known chain of ownership.
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


1965 Aston Martin DB5 DB5/2007/R – sold for €256,054 As it happens, DB5/2007/R is the only DB5 with a ‘007’ chassis number. Among its other attributes, this was an attraction to its current owner, a director of the Aston Martin Owners Club. 2007/R epitomises the notion of the well-sorted driver, benefitting from a continuous programme of regular maintenance and refurbishment by marque specialists including a complete engine rebuild and a useful suspension upgrade.
Auction Source: 2010 Automobiles of London by RM Auctions

1966 Aston Martin DB5

With the exception of a repaint, the DB5 presented here is entirely original and was donated to Ohio’s Crawford Auto-Aviation Museum in 2001. A collection of the Western Reserve Historical Society, the Museum presents the history of land and air transportation, showcasing historically and technically important cars, aircraft, motorcycles, bicycles and even spacecraft, and in particular their connection to the culture and history of Northeast Ohio.
Auction Source: 2009 RM Auctions Sports & Classics of Monterey