1964→1965 Aston Martin DB5 Vantage Convertible
Only 7 DB5 Vantage Convertibles were produced which makes it one of the rarest Aston Martins. These were produced in a tun of 123 convertibles on the DB5 platfrom.
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.
Our feature Peony Red DB5 is DB5C/1924/R and was originally ordered by Aston Martin Owners Club member Mr. J.V.R. Bullough. Following three different ownerships it was transported to the US and restored for $200,000 by Kent Bain’s Automotive Restorations in 2005.
Story by Aston Martin Lagonda Limited
|submitted by||Richard Owen|
|type||Series Production Car|
|production years||1964 – 1965|
|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|
|0 – 60 mph||~6.5 seconds|
Auction Sales History
Auction Source: Amelia Island 2012 by RM Auctions