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.
Only 65 of the DB5 coupes were fitted with the 325 bhp Vantage package of 898 total coupes. Seven very rare Vantage Convertibles were also produced.
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 only 65 Vantage DB5s built, chassis no. 2027/L, the stunning car presented here, is rarer yet in left-hand drive with factory air conditioning (known as the Normalair option) and is therefore perhaps one of only about ten cars with this desirable specification. A copy of the British Motor Industry Heritage Trust certificate confirms the car was delivered new with all these features.