Arguably the greatest piece of product placement in cinematic history, the DB5’s starring role in Goldfinger did more for Aston Martin’s profile than winning the 1959 Le Mans 24-hours or securing that year’s World Sportscar Championship! It is now and forever linked to James Bond as his car of choice.
Looks familiar? Well, back in 1964, British die-cast toy maker, Corgi, produced its first run of DB5 models in Gold rather than the film car’s Silver Birch, as they decided Silver looked unpainted.
This Autumn Gold beauty has been in single family ownership since 1982 and is just one of a mere 898 DB5 fixed-heads ever made. It is without doubt the most famous of all the 'James Bond' Aston Martins. It comes to sale with H&H Classics on 19th October at the Imperial War Museum, Duxford.
It has matching chassis and engine numbers plus factory fitted S5/325 ZF 5-Speed manual gearbox. The engine has been overhauled to 4.2 Litre unleaded specification by a well respected marque specialist. One of just 41 originally finished in Autumn Gold it is trimmed in beige leather.
The DB5’s DNA grew out of the DB4, and though more evolution than revolution was still a significant step forward when it took to the stage in 1963. For a start it was faster than its predecessor.
Courtesy of a new 3995cc 282bhp triple carburettor version of Tadek Marek’s masterpiece, it was now capable of almost 150mph and could reach 60mph in a whisker over seven seconds. Initially, there was the option of a five-speed ZF gearbox, but this soon became the standard fit.
The car’s general specification had also improved and now included: an alternator in place of the dynamo, reclining seats, pile carpets, electric windows, tinted glass and four silencer exhaust. A total of just 898 DB5s are understood to have been produced at Newport Pagnell before the model was replaced by the altogether larger, Kamm-tailed DB6 in late 1965.
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