Aston Martin DB5

Awards

Winner, Masters Class, Intermarque Concours d’Elegance, Ellerslie, Auckland, New Zealand, 2003.

Autobody Notes

Steel body with aluminium doors, bonnet and boot lid.

History

Probably the most famous and recognised Aston Martin because of the original, specially equipped silver birch James Bond car, that starred in Goldfinger, Thunderball, GoldenEye, Tomorrow Never Dies, and the most recent Bond film Casino Royale. In all, 1,021 DB5s were manufactured between July 1963 and September 1965, a total that included 123 convertibles and 12 shooting brakes.

Regarded by many as the most beautiful Aston Martin produced, the DB5 shares many similar traits to the DB4. However, the 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 model was also offered and was available with a steel hard top featuring an exceptionally large rear window.