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
Series Production Car
1964 – 1965
3995 cc / 243.8 in³
96.01 mm / 3.78 in
91.9 mm / 3.62 in
210.3 kw / 282.0 bhp @ 5500 rpm
70.59 bhp per litre
192.36 bhp per tonne
379.6 nm / 280.0 ft lbs @ 4500 rpm
Rack & Pinion
A-Arms w/Coil Springs, Anti-Roll Bar
Live Axle w/Watts Link, Trailing Links, Coil Springs
One of the seven original Vantage-powered DB5 Convertibles produced. Matching numbers. Restored to award-winning standards during mid-2000s by marque experts. Accompanied by BMIHT certificate, build sheet copy and restoration invoices.