Aston Martin DB5




Aston Martin DB5

Year of production 1963 - 1965

Wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aston_Martin_DB5

Category: David Brown era

DB5

(1963 - 1965)

As much as I would like to say that the DB5 burst onto the automotive scene in 1963, it is not really true. For this quintessential Aston Martin was a gentle evolution of the DB4 Series 5 Vantage, and looked virtually identical. The main advantage of the new model was the adoption of a 4.0 litre engine, mode refinement and shortly after introduction, the option of a five speed gearbox. But the DB5 did make a quantum leap in marketing which made it the most famous and desirable car in the world.

Cars fitted with the standard 282bhp engine (triple SU carbs) could be expected to record a maximum speed of 148mph. Only 65 cars of a total production run of 898 coupes were fitted with the optional Vantage engine equipped with triple Weber carbs which produced 314bhp.

There were many detailed improvements with the DB5 which included the fitting of an alternator, tinted glass, four exhaust silencers and electric windows. Unfortunately all this and more added an extra 113 kg to the weight.

Initially the DB5 had the same 4 speed David Brown gearbox from the DB4 with an option for the 5 speed ZF box. A little way into production and the 5 speed ZF box was made standard fitting.

Whilst the early and lighter DB4′s are the mainstay of AMOC Club Racing, a couple of DB5′s often venture onto the race track. Both of these cars are significantly modified from road specification.

One problem with the DB5 is the market is paying a great deal of money for the nice cars, well out or reach of the average enthusiast. So people ask me about buying a wreck and ‘doing it up’ themselves. I usually would discourage this although even ’barn finds’ fetch serious money at auction nowadays .

Aston Martin DB5

Perhaps the most famous Aston Martin because of the specially equipped silver birch Aston Martin DB5 that starred in the James Bond films "Goldfinger" and "Thunderball". The Aston Martin DB5 made a comeback to the big screen in the 1995 film "GoldenEye".

Regarded by many as the most beautiful Aston Martin produced, Aston Martin DB5 shares many similar traits to Aston Martin DB4. However, DB5's most substantial change occurred under the bonnet. The 6 cylinder engine increased its capacity to 4 litres by increasing the bore to 96mm. Significant too was the introduction of a true full synchromesh ZF 5 speed gearbox. Other chassis changes included the adoption of the Girling disc brakes that had only been used on the Aston Martin DB4 GT, and 15" wheels.

A convertible was also offered and was available with a steel hard top with an exceptionally large rear window.

Technical Specifications

  • Engine: dohc I-6, 3995 cc, 282 bhp @ 5500 rpm, 288 lbs-ft @ 3850 rpm (Vantage option: 314bhp @ 5750 rpm)
  • Transmission: 4-speed manual with optional overdrive, ZF 5-speed manual (standard from mid-1964), and optional Borg-Warner 3-speed automatic
  • Suspension: Front: upper-and-lower A-arms, coil springs, anti-roll bar Rear: live axle, Watt linkage, trailing links, coil springs
  • Brakes: Servo assisted front/rear discs
  • Length: 15'0"
  • Width: 5'6"
  • Wheelbase: 8'2"
  • Weight: 1466 kg
  • Top Speed: 142 mph
  • 0-60 mph: 7.1 sec.
  • Price New: £4,175 (Aston Martin DB5), £4,490 (Convertible)
  • ProductionProduction Dates: July 1963 - September 1965
    • 886 Standard
    • 123 Convertibles
    • 12 Shooting Brakes
  • Production Dates: July 1963 - September 1965

Produced sub-models Models

Convertible
1963 - 1965
Saloon
1963 - 1965
Vantage
1964 - 1965
(Goldfinger/Thunderball)
1965 - 1968
by Ogle Design
1965
shooting brake
1965
Sports (by Royle and Co)
1965

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Engines


Year Engine code Fuel [ccm] Cylinders [kW] [Nm] No. of
valves
1963 1965 DB5 gasoline 3 996 6 / In-Line 210 kW 390 Nm 12
1964 1965 Vantage DB5 Vantage gasoline 3 996 6 / In-Line 242 kW 390 Nm 12

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1963 Aston Martin DB5 4.0 (244 cui)

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Fuel gasoline. 5-speed Manual transmission. Engine 3 995 ccm (244 cui), 6-cylinder, In-Line.

Timeline

1960
0 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8
Aston Martin DB5 Convertible
Saloon
Vantage
(Goldfinger/Thunderball)
by Ogle Design
shooting brake
Sports (by Royle and Co)
0 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8
1960