Lot 223 - 1965 Aston Martin DB5 Coupé
|Odometer reading||34,168 miles|
|Estimate||£235,000 - £250,000|
To the casual observer, the 1963 DB5 is virtually indistinguishable from a late model DB4 Vantage; the DB5 is essentially a four litre version of the DB4. Initially fitted with the four speed David Brown gearbox, the vast majority of cars received the superior five speed gearbox either as an option or later as standard fitting. So why is the DB5 so often thought of as the quintessential Aston Martin? Without doubt this is due to a Silver Birch example featuring in the 1964 James Bond film, Goldfinger, complete with special modifications and hidden weaponry. With 007 behind the wheel of the sensational sports GT, demand outstripped supply - the factory just couldn't capitalise fast enough on the marketing success of the DB5. Even today, DB5's are highly regarded and change hands for sums significantly greater than almost anything else in the range.
Originally delivered to Elon Crowther & Son Ltd of Huddersfield in 1965 through the Eton Motor Group, this fine example was then acquired by Mr. F. Young of Market Rasen in Lincolnshire at 35,000 miles. It was at this point that the next owner, Mr. P. Smart, shipped the car to sunnier climes where it began the rest of its life in Australia until quite recently. Records suggest that it passed through the hands of approximately six owners before it was discovered and repatriated to the UK by the vendor. An MoT test certificate, valid until December, 2012, did not throw up any advisory information and aside from one or two cosmetic tweaks, this example presents in generally good order throughout. After its time in storage, it has undergone, naturally, a full re-commission to include, brakes, gearbox, carburetors and the fitting of a new clutch. A factory fitted Webasto sunroof was installed by the factory when built and a stainless steel exhaust can now be found underneath. Presented in the correct Aston Martin colour of Autumn Gold with a contrasting black Connolly leather interior, this most attractive period combination has a real retro feel to it and, as you would expect, sounds fabulous. Supplied with import documents C&E 389/C384, a V5C registration document and history file, the DB5 is still, quite rightly, considered one of the most stunning designs ever penned.
Interested parties should satisfy themselves as to the description and condition of each lot prior to the sale. Buyers are advised to inspect the car in person or use a professional to carry out this service.