Aston Martin DB5

The DB5 arrived in the autumn of 1963, essentially an advanced development of the “Series V” DB4 and distinguished primarily by its larger, more powerful four-litre engine, along with triple SU carburettors as standard. In standard tune, this engine was rated at 282 horsepower. After approximately the first 50 cars, the DB5 was upgraded with the sturdy, all-synchromesh ZF five-speed gearbox as standard equipment, in place of the David Brown-produced four-speed. The DB5 maintained the 98-inch (2,490-mm) wheelbase, pressed steel platform chassis, DOHC six-cylinder engine configuration and choice of four-seat coupé or convertible bodies of its predecessor.

The DB5 differed in many other respects as well. The Dunlop disc brakes were replaced with Girling units, and the suspension was significantly redeveloped with the front now adjustable for camber and the addition of Armstrong “Selectaride” dampers in the rear, along with a dash-mounted control to adjust stiffness to the driver’s taste. Most visually apparent, the trademark sloping front wings with covered headlights, first seen on the DB4GT, became a DB5 hallmark. The dash and gauges were also modified to include an oil temperature gauge, à la the DB4GT. In total, no fewer than 170 updates completed the transformation from the DB4 to the DB5. While it was produced for just over two years, the DB5 achieved lasting fame as certainly the most famous of all Aston Martins and arguably the most famous car of all time.

This car was auctioned off by RM Auctions in January of 2010 at the Arizona Biltmore Resort & Spa, Phoenix, Arizona, in October of 2010 at the Battersea Evolution, London and in October of 2011 at the Battersea Evolution, London.

282 hp, 3,995 cc DOHC inline six-cylinder engine, triple SU carburettors, ZF five-speed manual gearbox, independent front suspension with upper and lower control arms, coil springs, anti-roll bar, live rear axle with Watt linkage, radius rods and coil springs, and four-wheel hydraulic disc brakes. Wheelbase: 2,490 mm.

Source: RM Auctions
Photo Credit: Copyright Darin Schnabel, PMImage and Benson Chiu

Aston Martin DB5