Aston Martin DB5 Convertible

The new DB5 arrived in the autumn of 1963. Though it retained the basic chassis, body style and running gear of the late-model DB4s, the new DB5 was different in many respects. It would be produced for just two years but became one of the most famous of all Aston Martins. A specially-equipped DB5 would serve as super-spy James Bond’s personal car in the Hollywood film Goldfinger, giving the car international star status. Arguably one of the best product placements in the history of merchandising, Aston Martin was vaulted to immediate recognition and given untold amounts of free global advertising of which manufacturers can only dream.

The DB5 maintained the 98-inch wheelbase, pressed steel platform chassis, basic dual overhead cam six-cylinder engine and the choice of four-seat coupé or convertible of its predecessor. However, a 4-mm bore increased engine displacement from 3,670 cc to 3,995 cc. In standard form with three SU carburettors, the engine was rated at 282 horsepower, good for zero-to-sixty times of 8.1 seconds with a top speed of 141 mph. Cabriolets would adopt the covered headlamps of the coupés, and a detachable steel hardtop would continue as an option. In total, 170 detail modifications completed the transformation from DB4 to DB5.

Initially the car was to be available with a four-speed manual David Brown gearbox with optional overdrive or a three-speed Borg-Warner automatic. The DB5 offered an optional all-synchromesh ZF five-speed manual in which the fifth gear was effectively an overdrive. After the first 50 cars were produced, the five-speed manual became standard, and the four-speed with overdrive was no longer offered.

Part of the RM Auctions event the Battersea Evolution in October, 2010 and in London, October, 2012.

4.2-litre dual overhead cam inline six-cylinder engine, five-speed manual transmission, independent front suspension with coil springs, live rear axle, four-wheel disc brakes. Wheelbase: 98"

Source: RM Auctions
Photo Credit: Copyright Simon Clay

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