First registered on 1 January 1965, this car is about to benefit from a total, long-term rebuild. It offers a new owner the rare and exciting opportunity to determine the car’s final specification and bring back to life a car that many consider to be the most beautiful, and most iconic, British grand tourer ever made.
Built as a manual version with a ZF 5-speed gearbox, the factory ‘build sheet’ shows that it was finished in metallic Black Pearl with White Gold, Connolly leather upholstery and was first registered on 1 January 1965.
Built towards the end of 1964, it was purchased from Brooklands of Bond Street, Aston Martin’s agent in London’s West End, by a gentleman living in Wembley. The documentation lists a number of return visits to the dealership for servicing and corrective work. The car was subsequently shipped to the USA: not much is known of its history during its time in the States, and it remained there until 2016 when we brought it back home to the UK.
Launched in September 1963 and in production until 1965, a total of 1,059 DB5s were sold, 923 being the 2+2 coupé. Using the all-aluminium, 4.0-litre DOHC ‘straight-six’ engine from the DB4 Vantage and a ZF 5-speed gearbox, the DB5 used the Superleggera (‘super light’) patent of attaching aluminium panels to a structural framework of small-diameter steel tubes. Standard equipment included chrome wire wheels, an oil cooler, electric windows and a fully leather-trimmed cockpit.
The car is now undergoing a full restoration and has been completely stripped back to its Superleggera structure prior to being totally rebuilt. With values for DB5s increasing, the car offers an investor an exciting opportunity to become involved at a very early stage and determine the exact specification of the finished car – at this stage in the programme, options are limitless.
If you‘d like more information about the car or would like to arrange to come and see it and discuss the restoration possibilities it offers, please contact us,