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Manufacturer Aston Martin
Production 1963-1965

983 produced

Predecessor Aston Martin DB4
Successor Aston Martin DB6
Class Grand tourer
Body style(s) 2-door 2+2 coupé
2-door convertible (123)
2-door shooting brake (13)
Layout FR layout
Engine(s) 3995 cc Tadek Marek I6
Transmission(s) ZF 5-speed all-synchromesh manual or
Borg Warner DG automatic
(changed to Borg-Warner Model 8 shortly before the DB6 replaced the DB5)
Length 4.57 metres (179.9 in)
Width 1.68 metres (66.1 in)

Aston Martin DB5

The Aston Martin DB5 was made in 1963, being an evolution of the final series of DB4.

The DB5 is one of the most famous cars in the world, having featured in several films, including:

  • Goldfinger
  • Thunderball
  • GoldenEye - where James Bond races against a Ferrari
  • Tomorrow Never Dies
  • Casino Royale
  • The Cannonball Run - Roger Moore playing a parody of James Bond.
  • The actual Goldfinger car was recently sold at auction for just under £3 million.

The principal differences between the DB4 and DB5 were:

  • The all-aluminium engine was enlarged from 3.7 L to 4.0 L,
  • AA new robust ZF five-speed transmission
  • Three SU carburettors, producing 282 bhp (210 kW), propelling the car to 145 mph (233 km/h): this engine, available on the Vantage (high powered) version of the DB4 since March 1962, became the standard Aston Martin power unit with the launch in September 1963 of the DB5.
  • The DB5 engine had been available on the Vantage (high powered) version of the DB4 from March 1962, and now became the standard power unit, producing 282 bhp and powering the car to 145 mph.

    Standard equipment on the DB5 included reclining seats, wool pile carpets, electric windows, twin fuel tanks, chrome wire wheels, oil cooler, magnesium-alloy body built to superleggera patent technique, full leather trim in the cabin and even a fire extinguisher. All models had 4 seats and 2 doors. The UK recommended list price of the sports saloon (coupe) in December 1963 was £4,248 including Purchase Tax, the convertible was £4,562.

    Specifications

    Standard coupe:

    • Engine: 3,995 cc (243.8 cu in) Inline-6
    • Power: 282 hp (210 kW) at 5500 rpm
    • Torque: 288 lb·ft (390 N·m) at 3850 rpm
    • Weight: 1,502 kg (3,310 lb)
    • Top Speed: 145 mph (233 km/h)
    • 0-60 mph (97 km/h) Acceleration: 7.1 s

    Performance data from Motor magazine road test, February 6, 1965.

    Variants

    As with its predecessor the DB4, a high-performance Vantage version was introduced in 1964, featuring three Weber twin-choke 45DCOE side-draft carburettors and producing 314 bhp.

    Only 65 DB5 Vantage coupes were built.

    DB5 convertible

    Just 123 convertible DB5s were produced, though they never used the typical 'Volante' name.  The convertible was offered from 1963 through to 1965 and only 19 of the 123 DB5 Convertibles made were left-hand drive.

    DB5 shooting brake

    The prototype for this very unusual shooting brake estate version was custom produced by the factory for David Brown, and twelve coupes were custom modified for Aston Martin by independent coachbuilder Harold Radford.  Unfortunately the rear suspension was not altered so loads would shift under cornering, with occasionally unfortunate results!

    James Bond’s DB5

    Débuting in the James Bond film Goldfinger in 1964, the DB5 is the most famous Aston Martin. Although Ian Fleming had placed Bond in a DB Mark III in the novel, the DB5 was the company's newest model when the film was being made. The car used in the film was the original DB5 prototype, with another standard car used for stunts. Two more modified cars were built for publicity tours after the film's release. In January 2006, one of those cars was auctioned in Arizona for US $2,090,000. The same car was originally bought in 1970 for £5,000 from the owner, Sir Anthony Bamford, by a Tennessee museum owner.

    Within the universe of James Bond, the same car was used again in the following film, Thunderball (registration BMT 216A), a year later. A different Aston Martin DB5 (registration BMT 214A) was used in the 1995 Bond film, GoldenEye in which three different DB5s were used for filming. The BMT 214A also returned in Tomorrow Never Dies (1997), and was set to make a cameo at Castle Thane in The World Is Not Enough (1999), but the scene was cut. Yet another DB5 appeared in Casino Royale (2006), this one with the steering wheel on the left side versus the previous British versions.

    The first DB5 prototype used in Goldfinger with the chassis number DP/216/1 was later stripped of its weaponry and gadgetry by Aston Martin and then resold. It was then retrofitted by subsequent owners with nonoriginal weaponry. The Chassis DP/216/1 DB5 was stolen in 1997 from its last owner in Florida and is currently still missing.

    A highly detailed 1:24 scale die-cast model with many working features was produced as a limited edition by the Danbury Mint. A highly detailed kit was also produced by Airfix between 1966 and 1970. On the 14th April 2010 a 1/8th scale model released over 75 weekly arts,it builds into one of the biggest 007 scale models to date

    On June 1, 2010, RM Auctions announced the upcoming auction of a DB5 used in Thunderball and Goldfinger. The owner - Jerry Lee, President/Owner of WBEB Radio in Philadelphia, PA- originally bought the car from the Aston Martin company for $12,000 in 1969, and it was expected to reach a price of $5,000,000 (US).  At the auction, this famous DB5 was eventually sold for £2,600,000 ($4,103,000).

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