Lot 160 - 1964 Aston Martin DB5

Lot 160 - 1964 Aston Martin DB5

Lot 160 - 1964 Aston Martin DB5

Lot Number 160
Registration UK registered
Chassis Number DB5/1529/R
Engine Number 400/1527
Odometer reading 10,920 miles
Result Sold - £611,280
  • Restored between 2017-2019
  • A matching numbers example

At its unveiling the Aston Martin DB5 instantly became one of the most desirable and sought-after grand tourers ever created. Described by Autocar as ‘a car that defies definition’, the DB5 was all things to all men, as adept at storming the newly opened M1 motorway as it was burbling along quiet London mews—providing you could afford the hefty £4,248 price. The DB5 became an icon after being thrust into the limelight, while starring alongside Sean Connery in the 1965 James Bond spy thriller Goldfinger. Immortalised in celluloid, the Silver Birch dream machine became an overnight sensation that would alter forever, public perception not only of the model, but of the Newport Pagnell company as a whole. With a 0-60 mph sprint time of just 8.1 seconds and a top speed of 140 mph, the DB5 was the perfect tool for crossing continents in comfort, outpacing many period rivals including the fuel-injected Maserati 3500 GTI. The British machine also rivalled its European competition in terms of luxury, with a cabin trimmed in leather, reclining seats, and wool carpets cossetting its fortunate occupants. Standard equipment was also impressive, and included an alternator, chrome wire wheels, an oil cooler, power-operated windows, and twin fuel tanks. Fast, comfortable, and reassuringly expensive, the Aston Martin DB5 was one of the leading grand tourers of the 1960s—a reputation that it more than lives up to today, evolving into the marque's most timeless classic, appealing to dedicated enthusiasts and casual observers alike.

First registered on 14th April 1964 chassis number 1529/R was originally finished in Platinum with red Connolly leather interior. The factory workshop sheets confirm various works carried out at Newport Pagnell up to January 1967 (at 21,691 miles). Fulham Workshops of Parsons Green (later Clapham Common) serviced the Aston for many years until they retired. In 2006 Aston Martin specialist Tim Bissett, was commissioned for a rebuild and upgrade; this work involved enlarging the engine to 4.2 litres, the fitment of fast road cams and a Billet crankshaft. Photographed in the history file is confirmation the car was used competitively for the 2001 Classic Marathon rally, wearing its number 65 and registration 2189 RD. Our highly knowledgeable and enthusiastic vendor purchased this car at a Bonhams auction in December 2017 before undertaking a full nut and bolt restoration. The two-year restoration is detailed in a hardback photo book supplied with the car showing the entire process before being completed and used for his daughter’s wedding. Part of the restoration included various upgrades to be implemented and during this restoration, our client installed a larger capacity aluminium radiator with electric fan, larger 6” wire wheels and tyres and power steering. Further enhancements include the fitment of central locking, an upgraded light system and a retro style modern DAB radio.

The history file includes invoices from the restoration, together with the original order details, early servicing details and engine rebuild details from Tim Bissett. This example has been well cared for by our vendor who has owned a number of DB5’s and is supplied with a V5C registration document and a current MoT test certificate valid until 31st May 2023.  The Aston Martin DB5 is often thought of as the ultimate quintessential British sports car, admiring the beautiful aesthetics of this curvaceous classic, it is easy to see why.

* Interested parties should note that the private registration plate shown is to be retained by the vendor and a new, age-related registration issued instead.

Interested parties should satisfy themselves as to the description and condition of each Lot prior to the sale. Accordingly, buyers are on notice that each vehicle is offered ‘as is/as seen’ subject to the Terms and Conditions for the auction. All registration numbers, engine and chassis details are sourced from registration documents provided to Historics by the client or representative or HPI checks and buyers are to satisfy themselves as to the accuracy of these details. Buyers are advised to inspect the vehicle in person or use a professional to carry out this service. Historics will not entertain disputes over descriptions.

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